"The public is advised not to attempt to move stranded sea creatures and to keep dogs and children away from them as they may have infectious or transmissible diseases," the statement said.

Data analyst Dr. Angus Jackson of the Marine Conservation Society told the press that starfish sometimes "cross their arms and roll along the seabed," adding, "Strandings like this do occur on our coastline from time to time, but this seems to be a particularly large event that needs to be investigated."