Thousands of dead starfish washed up on the coast of Charleston at the Isle of Palms beach, and biologists say it could be a long, dangerous winter for marine life. The dead starfish show biologists signs of a possible dangerous winter in the coastal waters of South Carolina. State climate experts say for the next three to four weeks, at least, computer models show freezing temperatures in the waters.
The Post and Courier reports the thousands of starfish died because the recent frigid temperatures in December that dropped below freezing. Some biologists say this drop in temperatures happened earlier than normal for South Carolina’s coast. This same chill didn’t happen last year until mid-January, so officials predict the early drop could cause problems, and possible deaths, of shrimp, sea trout, and red drum.
A Fisheries Management spokesman says the dead starfish aren’t widespread enough to do overall damage, yet.