We were at the beach in late February looking for one thing (or multiple “things”) – the orange-red Forbes Sea Stars who apparently became stranded starfish.
Stranded Starfish !
During the late winter they will wash up 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). Regardless of what is happening, we did and will continue to do our part to keep them in the water. If you are interested in helping out or just want to see them for yourself, go at low tide near the jetty’s. They cling to the rocks. Please do NOT take them home! They do not need to be killed for your decorations. All photos taken with an iPhone 6s.
The girls weren’t too sure about wanting to help until they realized
that it was fun to put them back in the water at the jetty’s.
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 didn’t pull anything off of them. They feed off of mussels, clams, oysters, etc.
We named this one Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants.
We used a bucket with water to get them from the shore back into the water at the jetty’s.
Even these that were barely being touched, we put out even farther.
Along with the dozens and dozens of starfish was a dead Horseshoe crab.
We spent about 45 minutes collecting all the starfish from the shoreline. This was at the end. We had to move quickly because it was cold.
It was a great experience with the kids and one I won’t forget.