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Last Updated: Monday March 17 2008 07:49 GMT

Dead starfish wash up on beach

Starfish washed up on a beach near Brighton beach in England

Hundreds of dead starfish have been washed up on a beach off the south east coast of England.

The creatures were found at Black Rock, near Brighton Marina, 10 days after thousands of dead starfish were spotted between Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, Kent.

An Environment Agency spokeswoman said an investigation had started.

It has ruled out any link to climate change or pollution but said the starfish could have been disturbed on the sea bed while feeding.

Another possibility is that the starfish were washed up or left by fishermen on the shore after they had been dredging the sea for mussels.

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