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Storm of Starfish on Sakhalin Island Shores

30. November 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

This past week, thousands of starfish have been washing up on the southeastern coast of Sakhalin Island. The largest island of Russia, Sakhalin is located in the North Pacific, very close to Japan.


Scientists say a strong storm is the reason why so many of the sea stars have come ashore. Local residents see the covered beaches as a free buffet, with many scooping up the starfish by the bagfuls to take home for a fish fry.


Sakhalin Island is separated from mainland Russia by the Mamiya Strait, which usually freezes during the winter. It is separated from Japan by the Soya Strait. About 80% of the population is made up of ethic Russians, but there are also Koreans and Ukrainians living there.