February 5, 2018
Sometimes starfish are stranded on the beach when high tide turns. The one that made this print seems to have had a happier fate.
Update, later in the day: See Jessica Winder’s comment for another opinion.
This entry was posted on February 5, 2018 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Nature, Sand and Mud and was tagged with Florida, photography, print, sand, Sarasota, South Lido Park, starfish.
I am not so sure, Linda. As there is no continuous trail leading away from the print, it looks more as if the starfish has been grabbed from the air by a bird!
February 5, 2018 at 5:08 AM
Oh, I hope that’s not so. I was thinking that the water lifted the starfish as it lapped on the shore. You could certainly be right, though. I guess I could be happy for the bird . . .
February 5, 2018 at 9:11 AM
Lapping water would soften the outline of the starfish print or eradicate it. The bird option is at least part of the cycle of life, the ultimate recycling.
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February 5, 2018 at 2:01 PM
My husband thought a person may have picked up the starfish and thrown it back into the water. I have done that myself with sea urchins. So that’s another possibility.
February 5, 2018 at 3:57 PM
Yes, that is a far happier thought.
February 5, 2018 at 4:19 PM
I guess we’ll never know the fate of that starfish but I prefer to believe that a bird swooped down, picked up that starfish and returned it back to the sea. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ with it.
February 5, 2018 at 12:24 PM
Oh, that’s the best story, Ken. I’ll go with it, too.
February 5, 2018 at 12:33 PM
I was thinking someone rescued it, but it’s a mystery, and mysteries are good for us.
February 5, 2018 at 6:54 PM
February 5, 2018 at 8:07 PM
🙂 So we can keep asking WHY?
February 8, 2018 at 9:27 PM
Oh. Not so we can make up happy endings?
February 8, 2018 at 9:35 PM
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