A few days ago I was walking along the beach with Amy when I noticed this purple starfish (Astropecten articulatus, also called the Royal Starfish) that had washed up alongside a beautiful lettered olive (Oliva sayana) shell.
Sometimes starfish wash up on our beach in the hundreds. This time there was only one. When I picked it up I noticed that the tiny tube feet were still undulating. I tossed it back into the surf. Maybe it survived.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about
the 1977 recording of traditional Outer Banks folk music. You can read
the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032116.htm.