An unusual sight out at the Packery Channel Saturday morning has some beach goers wondering what's going on. Hundreds of dead star fish have washed up on shore.

It a was quite a sight.

We talked to a local expert at the Harte Research Institute.

He believes that the reason behind it, is the cold weather.

Larry McKinney with the Harte Research Institute said, "we have had this sustained situation of cold weather they probably reached their tolerance level and couldn't survive and couldn't escape before they died."

Experts say that the starfish will re-populate when it warms up. By the way if you try to take one home, hold your nose. They're said to be pretty smelly.