Scores of starfish, both dead and alive, have washed ashore the coasts of Turkey’s Marmara Sea in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ, while the provincial environment directorate has said an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.

Locals saw hundreds of starfish emanating a “bad odor” on a sandy beach in the Kumbağ neighborhood of Tekirdağ’s Süleymanpaşa district at mid-day on June 27. While some residents threw the starfish back into the sea in an attempt to save their lives, others collected the animals for decorative purposes. FULL REPORT