Starfish are fascinating sea creatures. They are immensely popular as decorative items. A rich subject for photographers in nautical themed displays such as bathroom product promotions and cosmetics and a popular decor item in countless homes. To this day they are still a source of sustenance for many small communities. Sea stars posses an evergreen beauty that captivates the human imagination.
The Starfish possesses the remarkable ability to regenerate itself when it suffers an injury or even loses one of its ‘arms’. Named for their distinctive shape, the starfish has an appeal that has captured the imagination of countless individuals.
The uniquely attractive shape of the starfish gives it a timeless beauty. Its origins from the depths of the ocean – inaccessible to the average person, serves to add to its mysterious, aquatic charm.
For decades they have been a popular subject for photographers, home crafts, florists, artists, decorators to name but a few. There is a thriving industry built on harvesting these marine animals by the thousands and exporting them to all corners of the globe.
Due to its very nature it is ideally suited as a decoration item for bathrooms and showers. A natural fit for water features or pool areas. Unfortunately the dried Starfish that are commercially available are not suited to extended exposure to humidity. The constant moisture eventually causes disintegration over time.
Our planet is groaning under ecological strain and any marine related industry is regarded with conservation concerns. Commercially harvested starfish for the most part are apparently not a threatened species at this time. They are prolific breeders and it is a rich resource that is still bountiful in numbers. It has been the lively hood of many small coastal villages in developing countries such as the Philippines and in Fiji, where the harvesting of these sea creatures has been a way of life for centuries. The ever increasing demand for these unusual animals will in time no doubt begin to deplete sources.
So many natural resources on this amazing planet are currently laboring under the burden of unchecked plunder and depletion. Some classes of starfish have however been declared an endangered species.Alternative and affordable forms of marine themed décor items are readily available on the market. Making use of these would certainly ease the demands made on nature and aid in the preservation our natural heritage.
One can find durable and water resistant replicas that range from realistic to more stylized designs. With all the charm and attraction perfectly captured. The greatest advantage being that they make a more versatile range of uses available. Moisture and weathering is no longer an issue. There is no need for us to forego such an appealing addition to our homes and gardens.
Source by Linda Swanepoel