Hundreds of starfish wash up on Dutch beaches; Christmas storm blamed

Hundreds of starfish wash up on Dutch shores, 27 Dec 2016
Hundreds of starfish wash up on Dutch shores, 27 Dec 2016. @ikduszelfsoms / Twitter

Hundreds of starfish washed up on Dutch beaches on Tuesday. Conservationists from Ecomare believe a storm was behind the animals being washed ashore, NU.nl reports.

Starfish were found on beaches in Callantsoog, Groote Keten, Egmond aan Zee and Wijk aan Zee. 

According to Ecomare, a combination of strong winds and low temperatures at sea resulted in the starfish not having enough strength to cling to the ground. They were therefore taken by the tide and washed ashore. 

"Once on land, they have no chance to survive. It's very tragic", a spokesperson said. 

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