RI Beaches See Relief from Marine Isopod Infestation


Providence Journal: At least 2 major beaches in Rhode Island were reporting relief Thursday [July 18] from a statewide infestation of little critters nicknamed “sea roaches” that had some swimmers too disgusted to stay in the water earlier in the week.

Their numbers at Middletown’s Sachuest Beach, which had been described in the “millions” in previous days, were way down, said assistant beach manager Joseph Benedetti. Similar reports were received from Scarborough State Beach.

“It’s minuscule now. The wind’s changed,” Benedetti said Thursday afternoon. “People were complaining yesterday. Today we haven’t had any.”

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