Rare Sun Starfish found on beach
SISTERS Eliza-May and Madeleine Crafer discovered these rarely spotted sea creatures washed up on the tide this week.The young beachcombers found a group of Sun Starfish on the snow-clad shoreline between Hemsby and Winterton during a bracing walk with mum Debbie and dad Mark.
SISTERS Eliza-May and Madeleine Crafer discovered these rarely spotted sea creatures washed up on the tide this week.
The young beachcombers found a group of Sun Starfish on the snow-clad shoreline between Hemsby and Winterton during a bracing walk with mum Debbie and dad Mark.
They were among dozens of dead Common Starfish scattered across the sand, providing a tasty treat for flocks of swooping seagulls.
Eight year old Eliza-May and Madeleine, 10, retrieved the Sun Starfish before they disappeared down the hungry birds' beaks.
You may also want to watch:
The five specimens were put in the freezer of the Crafer family's Hemsby home before being captured on camera by Mercury photographer James Bass.
Mum Debbie said: “We go on the beach most days, but I had not seen anything like these starfish before. They were very pretty with
- 1 'Glagoon' returns to Norfolk beach and locals are loving it
- 2 Spiking in Great Yarmouth club last weekend
- 3 Man dies after medical emergency on beach
- 4 Appeal to identify man, around 75, who died in medical episode
- 5 Potters Resort expands into Essex after acquiring new site
- 6 Man arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving after fatal crash
- 7 'Road to nowhere' after erosion streak at Winterton
- 8 Norfolk boatyard sells at auction for almost double expected guide price
- 9 No further action over arson and fraud allegation at care home
- 10 How Great Yarmouth are you? Take our quiz to find out
orange, black and yellow colouring. Some of the smaller ones were about the size of a 50p others more the size of a teacup and still in really good condition.”
Earlier this year the family's Border Collie Beauty found a bottle containing a painting by a Dutch artist on the same part of the beach.
Senior marine biologist at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre, Darren Gook, said: “Sun Starfish have between 8 and 14 arms and more commonly 10 to 12. They are found all around Britain, but it is fairly rare to turn up on the beach as they are sub-tidal animals. Stormy conditions probably washed them ashore. They are voracious predators and feed on small urchins and sea cucumbers.”