SC official: Stormy weather could explain starfish stranding

AP News
Posted: Dec 27, 2014 11:40 AM

FRIPP ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina marine veterinarian says stormy weather is a likely explanation for the stranding of thousands of starfish on Fripp Island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head Island reports ( ) that Christmas Day beachgoers found starfish covering the beach.

Al Segars of the state Department of Natural Resources said strong winds on Wednesday could have caused the creatures, also known as sea stars, to wash ashore. He says they can't fight the current if there's strong wave action. Segars says it's not unusual.

George Sedberry with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries says fishing could be another explanation. He says the sea stars may have been unintentionally caught and discarded by shrimp trawlers. Segars says that's possible, but he's seen similar events when no trawling was occurring.


Information from: The Island Packet,