Photo from S.I. Advance
This is the reason I didn't go walking (or anything else) on the beach yesterday. Tens of thousands of mussels washed up on the beach over the weekend. They say it stunk...I didn't get too near there so I don't know how bad it was. But they were baking right there on the beach in 90 degree weather without the aid of a cook or slow boiling pots so I'm sure the smell was ripe! Not only were there mussels, but there were flies and gnats and mosquitos (oh my), as a result.
The news claims it was a result of hot weather and undercurrents (from Hurricane Bertha)