For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
This morning it was low tide so I was able to search around through some awesome tide pools on Bandon beach. I’m always on the hunt for our beautiful sea stars missing in action. Over the last year I read reports that there is hope that the sea stars are making a come back. But, due to their obvious continued absence, I am becoming skeptical. After my walk today I did a lay person’s Google search and came across an article that is not so reassuring. You can check out that Seattle Times article on the link below. Obviously, I am far from a scientist but I do know that I am not yet seeing evidence of a come back. However, being the optimistic person that I am, I’m not going to give up hope yet.
The absence of sea stars is not just about missing their beautiful presence but rather the larger issue is concern over the ecological ramifications….
Starfishes are general predators and this means a lot of its species can eat whatever they want as long as they can catch it. The wide range of prey that starfishes can eat is one of the reasons why it is helpful in creating balance in marine biodiversity. These animals are keys in keeping resources and space in the sea balanced. ~Starfishfacts.org
Link to article on Ocean warming that speaks to the missing in action, sea stars.
Meanwhile, I hope you have opportunity to get out and enjoy the beach and all of its cool habitants.
Remember, Adore and Explore the Wild! 🙂
Thanks so much for reading and sharing! ~ Susan