Thousands of starfish wash ashore at Fripp Island on Christmas Day

Thousands of starfish washed ashore on Christmas Day on Thursday along Fripp Island Beach and local reports say that nobody really knows why.

The best bet is that when the starfish are feeding on mollusk beds in shallow water, when strong currents pass through during a storm, starfish can be lifted away from their meal and carried to the shore.

We had some pretty rough storms in Beaufort on Wednesday that caused some higher than usual surf along the Sea Islands. According to local reports, Christmas Day beach goers estimated that 100,000 starfish were involved in the stranding.

Read more about it from the Beaufort Gazette, here.

Photo by Rick Stein (via Google search)
Photo by Rick Stein (via Google search)