Highlands & Islands

Star whoa: Stunning starfish on Scottish beach

Starfish at Rosemarkie

Evidence of starfish behaviour known as "starballing" can still be found weeks after it occurred at a beach in the Scottish Highlands.

The unusual sight of thousands of starfish stranded at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle was first reported towards the beginning of April.

Starfish at Rosemarkie

Most of the creatures involved were thought to have been washed back out to sea in the following days.

Experts at Plymouth University's Marine Institute coined the starballing phrase after observing starfish changing their location last year.

Rosemarkie beach
Image caption Starballing was first noticed at Rosemarkie last month
Rocks at Rosemarkie beach
Image caption Rocky features on the beach create rock pools, in which starfish are found

Starfish can still be found on the sand at Rosemarkie, and also in its many rock pools.

The starfish vary in size from about 20cm from the tip of one foot to another, to animals half that size.

Starfish at Rosemarkie
Starfish at Rosemarkie
Starfish at Rosemarkie
Starfish at Rosemarkie
Starfish at Rosemarkie

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