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The beaches in seaside communities in South Carolina are teeming with activity as thousands of sea creatures ended up on land.

Small starfish washed ashore Monday during low tide in areas near the tourist hotspot of Myrtle Beach.

The large mass of wriggling critters ended up on the shore of Garden City Beach and in Surfside.

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Residents and tourists rushed to play in the mass of wriggling starfish, collecting some and putting handfuls of others back into the water.

People play with starfishes as thousands of them washed ashore during low tide on Garden City Beach, S.C., June 29. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Ann Malys Wilson, an interpretative ranger at Myrtle Beach State Park, told The Sun News the starfish are known as Lined Sea Stars and can wash up with strong waves, depending on the current.

Briggs Holtry, 9, of Surfside Beach, picks up starfish to return to the water, June 29. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

“We tend to see more sea creatures when it’s warmer water,” she told the paper.

Thousands of small starfish washed ashore during low tide on Garden City Beach, S.C., June 29. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Wilson added that people should put the 5-legged creatures back in the water, but they must be careful since their arms are fragile and can break.

Linda Frizzell, of Murrells Inlet, searches out dead starfish to collect on Garden City Beach, S.C., June 29. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

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Starfish sightings increased over the weekend, with returning them to the sea.

Dakota Hughes, an aquarist from Ripley’s Aquarium, told WPDE-TV that starfish washing up on South Carolina beaches is normal.

Thousands of small starfish washed ashore during low tide on Garden City Beach, S.C. Residents and tourists rushed play in the mass of wriggling starfish, collecting some and putting handfuls of others back into the water. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

"We see them more this time of year because there are more living organisms in the intertidal zone for them to feed on," he told the television station. "As winter comes, they tend to head back out closer to the shelf."

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Hughes added, however, in the five years he has worked in the area that he's never seen as many starfish as the ones that washed up in recent days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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2 Dead, 8 Wounded in South Carolina Nightclub Shooting

Ten people were shot early on Sunday in a Greenville, South Carolina, nightclub in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence that killed two people and critically injured two others, police said.

Police believe more than one shooter fled the chaotic scene at the Lavish Lounge club before deputies arrived. A very large crowd had packed into the establishment for "some type of Fourth of July concert," Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis told an early morning press conference.

Two sheriffs deputies were passing by the club shortly before 2 a.m. and heard shooting and saw a commotion, in a crowd of about 200 people, Lewis said.

They called for backup and emergency services and went into the club, trying to evacuate people and see if it was still an active shooting, but apparently the shooter or shooters fled, Lewis said.

Officials identified the deceased as Mykala Bell, 23, of Greenville and Clarence Johnson, 51, of Duncan. The Greenville News reported that Johnson was a security guard at the club.

There was still no detailed information about the wounded or the suspects from officials in Greenville by midday Sunday. But Lewis told reporters that police were looking for "known gang members," and that the incident was "probably gang related."

There is no active threat to the public, police said.

Some of the wounded were taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital by people at the scene, others in ambulances, Lewis said.

The Greenville News reported that there was a previous shooting early Saturday morning at a club next door to Lavish Lounge. Police were investigating a possible connection, the newspaper said.

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