A gross black substance that bugged beachgoers in coastal Maine turned out to be millions of dead insects, a new report said.
Experts set out to find the skin-crawling truth about the substance on Wells Beach after some locals noticed the darkened sand and stained feet, the Portland Press-Herald reported on Tuesday.
“I collected some of the stuff, brought it back and put them under my microscope,” said Linda Stathoplos, a retired oceanographer who was called in to help solve the mystery.
“It was clearly little bugs.”
A beachgoer had tipped off state and local agencies and marine geologist Steve Dickson provided the surprising origin story on Tuesday, the Press-Herald said.
“This is the first time I’ve seen or heard of this in my 35 years,” Dickson, of Maine Geological Survey, said.
A similar substance washing onto shore at other beaches in Maine. NurPhoto via Getty Images
Dickson couldn’t say yet what type of insects they were or where