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#1 Hum

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:52

It was a surreal and somewhat ghostly sight: that of perhaps 50,000 starfish that somehow had come ashore overnight, en masse, and perished on a secluded beach in Ireland. The Belfast Telegraph reports that harsh weather might have been responsible for last week's peculiar and mysterious event, on Lissadell Beach.

Bill Crowe, a marine biologist at Sligo Institute of Technology, theorized that the starfish (also called sea stars) might have been lifted ashore while feeding on mussel beds in the near shore tidal zone. They were spread over nearly 500 feet of coastline.

"The most likely explanation is that they were feeding on mussels, but it is a little strange that none of them were attached to mussels when they were washed in," Crowe said.

A toxic algae bloom would seem another possible explanation, but no other type of marine life was affected. Only starfish, mostly adult size, were found on the beach.

Equally mysterious is that virtually all of the starfish were dead, meaning they had succumbed surprisingly quickly after coming or being delivered ashore.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:59

Sad to see so many die.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 16:39

Wonder what they'll do with all the bodies -- throw them back into the sea ... ?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 16:42

that is very crazy.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 16:49

PATRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and dear god those things are HUGE, they make the people look like they are tiny in the background

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 16:53

^ Probably using a fish-eye lens ;)

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 16:57

Wonder what they'll do with all the bodies -- throw them back into the sea ... ?


Seagulls, crabs etc will eat them no doubt

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:35

I wonder if something is wrong with our planet for so many animals to be acting so strangely.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:37

Something's wrong alright, and we are the strangest animal of them all...

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:23

PATRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and dear god those things are HUGE, they make the people look like they are tiny in the background


his family!

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:01

Needs some ketchup.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 15:30

I wonder if something is not wrong with our planet for so many animals to be acting so strangely.


Many animals 'mass suicide' as a way of protest to humans. ;)

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:17

Many animals 'mass suicide' as a way of protest to humans. ;)


I wonder when humans will start to do that.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:50

Seagulls, crabs etc will eat them no doubt


I can see McDonald's snapping them up, for the fish sandwiches. :laugh:

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 19:28

I can see McDonald's snapping them up, for the fish sandwiches. :laugh:

 

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