After listening politely, the boy bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the surf. Then, he smiled at the man and said, “I made a difference to that one.” Moral : Everyone can make a difference — even if that difference affects one person.
“When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
“The Star Thrower” (or “starfish story”) is part of a 16-page essay of the same name by Loren Eiseley (1907–1977), published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe.
If left out of the water for too long, he said, they will dry up and die. Throwing sea stars back into the water is one thing. Only a monster would go around ripping off their arms.
Even without taking them out of the water, constant handling, taking them out and putting them many times, stacking them, putting them together or placing them on top of each other as if they were a toy for our creativity, are conditions alien to the way of life of these animals, which can easily cause them death.
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You can’t save all these starfish . You can’t begin to make a difference!” The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish , and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean.
If you can pick it up, as would be the case on a sandy beach , then by all means return it to the water. Most stars you are likely to find on a sandy beach have either been washed ashore by wave action or have been caught unaware by an outgoing tide.
A starfish is marine creature that normally inhabits the deep ocean floors. Some species are venomous to human beings. Starfish do not attack humans , but can inflict painful stings with the release of venom, when they are accidently stepped upon or handled.
Not only being able to absorb the oxygen needed, but such condition will also prevent the starfishes to emit carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from their body. It will lead to carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide poisoning, which then will lead them to death. But most of the time the ‘moment’ is too long.
Can starfish come back to life ? Starfish can regenerate their own arms Arms can take months, even years to fully regenerate, so it has to be a pretty serious situation to lose one. Incredibly, if the severed leg is not harmed, it can heal itself and even regenerate – resulting in a genetically identical starfish .