Cockles lying on the beach attract thousands

MARANG (Bernama) – The appearance of thousands of cockles stranded on the beach at Pantai Rhu Dua, Rusila attracted thousands of people to the beach yesterday.

News on the appearance of the hairy cockle species since Tuesday afternoon became viral on social media thus creating a frenzy as though a carnival was being held in the area.

A check by Bernama at the location revealed that members of the public came together with their family armed with utensils such as pails, nets and spades to scoop the cockles which fetch high prices at

the market. Zukri Mamat, 57, from Kampong Sentul Patah, said he had come with his three sons to collect the cockles after the news appeared in the social website.

Zukri said the phenomenon occurred four years ago during the monsoon period. “I came about 8am to collect the cockles and had gathered about five kilogrammes altogether.

“But this afternoon the collection had dropped to about two kilogrammes only because of the rather big waves compared to this morning,” he said late yesterday afternoon.

Malaysians collect cockles at Pantai Rhu Dua, Rusila. PHOTO: BERNAMA