Image: Alvaro Espinoza Fotografía
Starfish belong to a beach vacation like sandcastles and sunburn. They’re not fish, of course, but rather close cousins of sand dollars and sea urchins. Thus, calling them sea stars (or Asteroidae) is less misleading, and it’s the moniker preferred by marine biologists, so there!
Yet, regardless of what you call them, the fact is that just the sight of these stellar sea creatures is enough to excite even the most jaded of beachgoers. Plus, with their knack of showing up in the most romantic spots, they seem to be the perfect gauge for which beaches are the most scenic. Just check out the following 15 images…
Rocks, rippling water and clouds as far as the eye can see… This brooding yet somehow heavenly spot is close to Llico, a fishing village near the city of Arauco in Chile. The starfish seem to be chilling out in the shallows, perhaps waiting for high tide to wash them away, and their bright pink colors are set off wonderfully by the darker background tones.