Mussels invade south Jersey beaches

July 27, 2009 6:06:16 AM PDT
Beachgoers had to compete with an invasion of mussels for a spot at the water's edge in southern New Jersey.

The bivalves were about a foot deep on the Washington Avenue beach in Margate.

Mussels also washed up in Ventnor.

Swimmers had to dodge clam worms on the sand in Atlantic City and Brigantine. The worms are harmless but officials say there's an "ick factor" that bothers people.

Officials say they expect the ocean to reclaim the bivalves in a day or two.