All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Thorny Starfish</strong>
<em>Echinaster spinulosus</em>
Sanibel Island, FL
Dec. 15, 2009

This little sea star was only about 2" across. I always pitched the animals I thought might still be alive back into the surf in hopes they would mak...
Thorny Starfish
Echinaster spinulosus
Sanibel Island, FL
Dec. 15, 2009

This little sea star was only about 2" across. I always pitched the animals I thought might still be alive back into the surf in hopes they would make it another day. Live animals should never be removed from the beach, not only because they will die out of their natural environment, but they also stink to high heaven later on!!! I have seen stacks of sand dollars left on the beach or on picnic tables that people have removed from the water only to find out they reek before the people leave for the day. What a shame to kill the animals and then just leave them to rot.

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