Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Starfish & Olive

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:


  1. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Man o man what a great name for a bar, bookstore or island resort dress shop. Starfish and Olive you need to copyright watermark that image. You need to start a photo agency to sell the use of your pictures. $$$$$$

  2. Anonymous4:43 PM

    sounds like anon9:51 wants to be your manager. THANKS for throwing it back in. I am sure it did not want to be out of the water to begin with. Good deed.