Thousands of starfish washed up on British beaches

Apocalyptic scenes in England: Thousands of starfish and other sea creatures were found stranded this weekend on the British east coast, following the cold snap from the east.

This weekend, the east coast of the United Kingdom has once again been the scene of a carnage of these animals, victims of freezing temperatures.

To see so many starfish running aground is not a completely unknown phenomenon. Several million specimens were found on the coast of Worcester County, Maryland, United States, in 1960. More than 10,000 were found stranded on the shores of the Isle of Man in the British Isles, 1999. More than 50 000 also remained stranded on the Irish coast in 2009. These events are not exclusive to the starfish: other marine animals are also concerned, including crabs and molluscs.

Starfish, lobsters, fish and even seals have gone aground. An event due to bad weather conditions and the drop in water temperature. “The sea temperature dropped by 3 ° C last week which will push the animals to reduce their activity level,” says Bex Lynam of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at the Guardian. “They are thus exposed to tumultuous waters – the big waves take them away and they come aground”.

Fortunately, the event is unlikely to have a long-term impact on starfish populations in the UK. These animals, particularly resistant, are indeed abundant and widespread in the shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Carl Frantz

Polyglot, humanitarian, Carl was born in Germany but raised in the USA. He writes mostly on tech, science and culture.