Scientists are trying to determine what caused millions of shrimp-like critters known as krill to die and wash ashore along 250 miles of coast from northern California to southern Oregon last month.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ( http://bit.ly/12NSJSG ) reports one theory is that a shift in winds caught the animals near the ocean surface and caused them to be swept ashore.
"Once they get into the surf line they are in trouble," said Joe Tyburczy, a scientist with the California Sea Grant Extension in Eureka, a coordinator of the investigation.
Scientists say the strandings were reported from Newport, Ore., to McKinleyville in northern Humboldt County in mid-June, making it the geographically largest krill die-off on record.
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