Watch Storm-Stranded Starfish Struggle Back to the Surf Ahead of a Hurricane

Rough water and high waves from approaching storms often strand ocean bottom dwellers like starfish on the beach. Walking a beach as a hurricane approached, we found dozens of stranded starfish stuck on the shoreline. As we approached, some of the starfish raised their arms, perhaps sensing danger through the compound eyes at the end of each arm. Others actively dug into the sand, maybe trying to stay moist in the wind or hide from the circling gulls. Following their trails in the wet sand, we tracked many which seemed to be struggling to get back into the water through the crashing surf, using the hundreds of suction-tube legs to move slowly-but-steadily toward the sea. We captured the scene in a short video. Spoiler alert: we didn't intervene and left it to nature to complete this circle of life story. For more of our travel and outdoor adventures, follow DeanLand on Newsbreak, and visit

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Welcome to I'm DeanLand, a trained journalist and retired global marketing executive. Living in Northwest Georgia, I write about about avocations including outdoors, travel, exploration, history, food and community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries. My French Cajun upbringing in Louisiana plus my extended restaurant-related career affirm my status as an over-qualified eater. At my blog,, I offer a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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