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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 nearshore 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.
Other experts agreed that the most likely explanation is stormy weather, and perhaps high surf that deposited the starfish on the beach.
Originally posted by Chrisfishenstein
The scientists apparently have no explanation for this? Nor do I.........This is just odd that there are no other fish or any other kind of life dead here other than starfish??