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Thousands of crabs washed up dead

Velvet swimming crabs

Thousands of crabs wash up in Kent

Tens of thousands of dead crabs have washed up on the south coast of England.

This is the third year in a row that thousands of velvet swimming crabs have washed up on Thanet's beaches.

Last month was the coldest December on record, and the Environment Agency said the crabs were killed by the freezing temperatures.

The dead crabs aren't dangerous, and it's hoped the overall crab population will recover.