Go Back   Canary HotSpot > Canary Island Forums > General Chat

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-08-2018, 05:40 PM
User Not Logged In User Not Logged In is offline
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 34,538
Default Canarian Weekly: Startled starfish stranded

THE storm that swept across Spain’s southern tip last weekend damaged boats, cars and buildings along the coast… and devastated the starfish population.

A carpet of the marine animals washed up on Huelva’s Punta Umbria beach on Monday in what conservationists believe was a direct result of Storm Emma.

A video, uploaded on Facebook by Juana Salas, which showed the stranded starfish, has been viewed over half-a-million times.

“The sea bottom was churned up at the same time as the spring tides, and add to that a tornado,” said José Antonino Cuesta, a marine biologist.

And Coleen Suckling, a lecturer in Marine Biology at Bangor University, added: “Starfish may be at particular risk of strandings after storms because of a behaviour known as ‘starballing’.”

“By curling each of their multiple arms to create a large spherical balloon shape with their body, they can, essentially, roll over the seabed in fast-moving water, and cover much greater distances. “But during a storm, they could be rolled out of control and left stranded on the beach.”
Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 02:16 AM.