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  Thousands of starfish washed up on beach
Updated 18 March 2002, 18.24
Some of the dead and dying starfish on Holkham beach

Hundreds of thousands of starfish have been left dead and dying after being washed up on the North Norfolk coast.

The sea creatures are scattered all over the beach at Holkham.

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It's thought that they were dislodged in recent stormy weather.

It's a natural phenomenon known as a "wreck of starfish" and in some places is as thick as a carpet.

Shocked


Hundreds of of razorshells have been washed up alongside the starfish.

Ron Harrold, from English Nature, which helps manage the beach said: "I must admit that I have never seen quite so many."

And visitor Dr Chris Kelly was shocked by what he saw: "I was horrified to see thousands of dead and dying starfishes littered for several miles along the beach."

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