Happiness Can Be Found At The Beach. Earlier this year we went to the beach to just enjoy the crisp air and warm sun on our faces – and the orange-red Forbes Sea Stars. Starfish wash ashore and remain there until the tide takes them back out. Sadly, if they stay exposed to the sun without much water, they will dry out.
No one knows for sure what causes this to happen but a theory is their offshore hard-bottom floor is being disturbed (covered over by sand which they can’t grip). On this day, they needed help to get back to the jetty’s where they could stick. We spent about an hour picking them up. It was one of the most relaxing mornings of my life. All photos taken with an iPhone 6s.
The starfish went on and on! You can’t tell clearly, but they went towards the “black dot” (which is a dead Horseshoe crab) above my head.
We placed them in a bucket of water until we could get them to the nearby jetty.
We didn’t pull anything off of them. They feed off of mussels, clams, oysters, etc.
We named this one Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants.
The Bees enjoyed being out there. None of us really spoke. It was a silence that we all needed.
These beauties were being washed ashore. We let them come in further then found them a new, temporary home.
Along with the dozens and dozens of starfish was a dead Horseshoe crab.
We spent about an hour collecting all the starfish from the shoreline. This was at the end. We had to move quickly because our feet were starting to freeze.
Happiness was on this sunny morning. It was the breeze in my hair, the waves crashing on the shore, the starfish at my feet, and the sand between my toes.