The Star Sand Beach

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Hoshizuna no Hama is a small beach located on the northern tip of the remote Iriomote Island in Japan. Hoshizuna no Hama means “star sand beach”, and is so named because the grains of sand found here are shaped like tiny stars. These are not really sand but the exoskeletons of tiny one-celled organism, barely a millimeter across, called Baclogypsina sphaerulata that live among the sea grass. The best time to find these creatures, or rather their skeletons, is after a typhoon when the raging ocean looses them up from the sea bed and washes them on the beach along with fresh sand.

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