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Sea cucumbers flood beaches in Phu Quoc
By Thanh Nien News -
People processing sea cucumber on a beach in Phu Quoc. Photo: Ng. H
 Tourists and local residents pick sea cucumber on the beach. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
 Sea cucumbers washed ashore on Phu Quoc Island. 
 Some traders buy sea cucumbers on the beach.
 It is still unclear why sea cucumbers were washed to the island.
Many tourists and local residents in Phu Quoc got unexpected windfall after thousands of sea cucumbers have been washed to several beaches in the island district over the past days.
It is still unclear why large number of sea cucumbers flooded the beaches of Dinh Cau, Cua Lap and Duong To in the popular tourist destination off Vietnam’s southern coast.
Many local families managed to pick hundreds of kilograms each.
Some traders have offered nearly VND70,000 (US$3) for one kilogram of fresh sea cucumbers at the beach.
The price of dried sea cucumbers, considered a nutritious seafood with medicinal values,  can reach VND1 million per kilogram.
Nguyen Van Hai, a local resident who has been living on Phu Quoc for decades, said it was the first time he saw such a large bulk of sea cucumbers washed ashore on the island.
“Maybe rough seas for weeks have washed them off the seabed,” he said, adding that the number of sea cucumbers pushed ashore has significantly reduced by Saturday.
Meanwhile, some people alleged that pollution was the actual cause.
Many resorts have had their employees to clean the beach for fears of pollution from dead sea cucumber.
Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chairman of Phu Quoc People’s Committee, said he has assigned relevant agencies to find out the reason of the phenomenon.