Why The Name SeaStar?
“Sea Star” is another name for starfish. The name reflects our Atlantic location, but also captures the meaning of the “Sea Star Story”:
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking things up and throwing them into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that it was a young man, picking up sea stars one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing sea stars into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing sea stars into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are sea stars all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another sea star, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said,
“It made a difference for that one.”