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Thousands of dead starfish washed ashore...

This winter’s weather anomalies have contributed to many unprecedented and often dangerous phenomena. The low temperatures and cold waves have even been given the telling name ‘the beast from the east’. British Isles media are reporting that thousands of starfish and other marine life found in Kent and East Yorkshire waters have fallen victim to
Published: March 7, 2018 - 19:25
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:33
Thousands of dead starfish washed ashore…

This winter’s weather anomalies have contributed to many unprecedented and often dangerous phenomena. The low temperatures and cold waves have even been given the telling name ‘the beast from the east’. British Isles media are reporting that thousands of starfish and other marine life found in Kent and East Yorkshire waters have fallen victim to the ‘beast’.

The beaches in these counties are literally strewn with the dead inhabitants of the coastal waters, creating a truly apocalyptic scene, straight out of a horror film. This is not an unprecedented situation, as similar incidents have already occurred in the past. Most recently in 2009 when there were an estimated 50,000 dead starfish on the Irish coast, and in the UK as a whole in 1999 with 10,000 dead individuals.

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The exact causes of these events are not known, but it is known that the victims are always starfish, crabs and bottom-dwelling molluscs. Scientists point to unusually low temperatures and strong storms as the causes.

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“The Beast from the East” was a storm that brought freezing temperatures and strong gusts of wind to the east coast of the UK. This in turn led to large waves which simply washed the creatures from their hiding places onto the shore, in turn the cold temperatures completed the destruction.

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Starfish are a cluster of marine predators of the echinoderm type. They inhabit the bottoms of seas and oceans and can be found at depths of 0.5 – 300 metres! They have a characteristic star-shaped body and are characterised by a great variety of colours and shapes.

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Source: theconversation.com

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