Okinawa's Star Sand Beach

This article was posted on 19 January 2016
Okinawa's Star Sand Beach

19-01-2016. Ever heard of a beach made from stars? Such a beach exists! Hoshizuna no Hama beach is situated on the nortside of Prefecture island in Okinawa (Japan). Locals and tourists know it by the name Star Sand Beach, because the sand grains ar shaped like stars.  

The local legends states that the star sand was made of the tiny skeletons of the offspring of the Southern Cross and the North Star, who were killed by a giant serpent right after being born in the ocean. But according to science, these beautiful particles are the skeletons of tiny creatures, that are believed to be fossil evidence dating back 550 million years ago. The best time to find some is just after a typhoon, when the sand stars are stirred up beneath the ocean floor and washed up on the shore in enormous numbers. If you look closely enough, you might even find some that are still alive!

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