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The creatures are actually polycheate worms that do not sting or bite, although they sometimes have thornlike spines on their backs, according to the Department of Health's Clean Water Branch.
"Because of the rain, many of them died because of the dilution of fresh water coming into the ocean," said Janice Okubo, Health Department spokeswoman.
The worms are rarely seen and normally live in the ocean buried under the sand, Okubo said. They burrow deep in the sand eating algae.
Goding used a plastic spoon to quickly collect about 30 worms in a small stretch of beach in front of the lifeguard station on the Ewa end of the beach park.
A few teenage surfers who had just gotten out of the water stared at a bucket of the worms in disgust.
"That's crusty," said Rick Yoshikane, 15. "They look like centipedes. I've never seen them before."
"They look like the flatworms from the movie 'Evolution,'" said Casey Matsuo, 15. "They mutate into gorillas and took over the world."
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