Sea Stars on the Move

Picture of Sea Star pullling itself out of the sand
Sea Star on the move, December 2009

Here’s a great photo of a sea star on the move.  It washed up on Dewees over the Christmas holiday.  Sea stars were scattered at the waterline on the beach as the sea stars suffered from cold-shock.

Cold-shock happens to sea creatures when the water temperature changes suddenly.  It’s thought to have similar effects on sea creatures as hypothermia has on humans.

Some of the sea stars were dead.  Others were very much alive, but lethargic.  The one pictured below was buried under the sand by waves and decided it was time to move on.

Sea stars are frequently called starfish.  Naturalists no longer use the term because they are not fish.

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