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Elizabeth Hurley slammed for 'suffocating' starfish in beach photo

'They are extremely delicate and most likely won't survive once you take them out of the sea and manipulate them,' an angry fan remarked
UPDATED APR 14, 2022
Elizabeth Hurley holding on to starfish while on a holiday (Instagram)
Elizabeth Hurley holding on to starfish while on a holiday (Instagram)

Elizabeth Hurley recently flaunted her stunning physique in a blue bikini, yet many have criticized her for keeping the animals out of the water. Fans reportedly slammed Hurley, 56, for posing in a holiday photo holding 'delicate' starfish. One should never touch or remove a starfish from the water, according to World Animal Protection, as this could cause them to suffocate.

Additionally, sunscreen or oil on human skin can hurt sea creatures because every starfish is made up of fragile and thin tissue, they can also be extremely contaminated with bacteria transmitted on through human touch. Hurley took great delight in sharing a snapshot of herself 'rescuing' the two starfish during the sun-drenched vacation.


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Hurley bragged on Instagram, "Found these magnificent starfish, alive but stranded, on the beach — they're now happily back at the bottom of the sea."


"They are extremely delicate and most likely won't survive once you take them out of the sea and manipulate them," one angry fan remarked. "Careful, certain starfish die when you touch them," another worried fan commented.

Professor Morgan Pratchett of James Cook University's marine biology department believes the starfish in concern is the Red Cushion Sea Star. Pratchett told, "It is not uncommon for them to be washed up on a beach. It's unlikely that they would die from being out of the water for a few minutes, but it does depend how long the starfish were out of the water /stranded on the beach."

Hurley wore a little blue string bikini to pose with the starfish, showcasing her great cleavage and toned abs. The actress had her hair styled in a knot and wore a cool pair of sunglasses to show off her lovely skin. This post comes after Hurley paid a heartfelt tribute to her son Damian on his 20th birthday last week.

The actress shared a slew of flashback photos of herself and her lookalike child on Instagram. The duo could be seen smiling lovingly for the camera, with a young Damian sitting on his mother's lap. "Happy 20th Birthday to my little Princling," Hurley wrote beside the cute photographs.


The heartwarming posts come as the duo continues to mourn the loss of Australian cricket icon Shane Warne. Damian paid homage to Warne, 52, last month, a day after he died of a 'massive heart' attack while in Thailand. Warne was engaged to his mother Hurley during their three-year romance. "I'm still trying to wrap my head around this," Damian wrote. "SW was a father figure to me for most of my formative years and was truly one the best men I've ever known. My heart is broken. Thinking of and sending love to all SW's family." 


Steve Bing, Damian's biological father, committed suicide by jumping from his 27th floor condominium in Los Angeles in June 2020. It was announced last year that Damian would not receive a dime from his late father, after his paternal grandpa tried to overturn the decision to include him in Bing's will. Warne, who died of a heart attack while on a 'lads' holiday,' told ABC host Leigh Sales in 2010 that he intended to 'become a better person' while dating Hurley. Warne and Hurley began dating in late 2010, and in September 2011, he proposed to the Austin Powers actress, but they divorced in 2013.

"Who knows what the future holds," he added of the romance in 2018. "There's a difference between in love with someone and loving someone. I'll always love Elizabeth but I don't think we'll ever get back together." Warne said this after describing his relationship with Hurley as the 'happiest time of his life.'