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People who have been going to Wells Beach in Maine have noticed that they’ve been going home with the bottoms of their feet stained black. It’s been a mystery – what could it be?

Scientists have stepped in and determined that the staining is coming from millions of black bugs. And it gets grosser.

State officials say it’s millions of dead bugs, washed ashore to form a black, slimy substance that resembles tar.

Thankfully the bug ooze comes from “a harmless common kelp fly that feeds on decaying seaweed” so as long as you don’t think too much about it – it’s just nature being nature.