More than 1,000 starfish wash up on South Carolina beaches
FRIPP ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Shannon Turbeville was walking the beach on Fripp Island on a Sunday evening when she stumbled upon a not-so-typical sight — more than 1,000 starfish cluttered the sand.
"Everywhere we went, there were clusters of them," she told the Island Packet- Beaufort Gazette on Tuesday.
Starfish making comeback after syndrome killed millions
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Starfish are making a comeback on the West Coast, four years after a mysterious syndrome killed millions of them.
From 2013 to 2014, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome hit sea stars from British Columbia to Mexico. The starfish would develop lesions and then disintegrate, their arms turning into blobs of goo.
The cause is unclear but researchers say it may be a virus.
It’s a simple story, told twice and more. A young girl, walking along the beach discovers many starfish washed ashore. She picks one up and throws it back. She does it again and then, again. As she does, a man walks by and notices her. He says, “young lady, what are you doing?”
She replies, “I am tossing these starfish back into the ocean.”
He ponders and says, “my dear girl, there are so many. You will never make a difference.”
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The starfish is inescapable.
He grins, from behind thick-rimmed sunglasses, down to visitors as they enter Ocean Lakes Family Campground. He poses with them, thumb in the air, for photos. His likeness and his name — Sandy — adorn numerous, distinctly un-camp-like amenities: the shops and laundromat in the town center and the miniature clock tower across from it; and the 350-gallon bucket inside the water park that soaks squealing children below.
Pocatello doctor helps build homes for families displaced by Nepal earthquake
POCATELLO — Dr. Kert Howard knows his hand in building houses for two families in Nepal won’t solve the overall crisis in a region still picking itself up after a disastrous earthquake in April 2015.
But the Pocatello-based ankle and foot surgeon points to a metaphor that illustrates why aid — even for a few people in a sea of many — can make an impact.