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Question:: Our family was at Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay recently. I wasn't paying close attention when the kids were collecting things from the beach. My kids collected a starfish and snails and put them into a cooler. When a ranger saw what they had, he made me put them back in the water. We didn't know it was against the law. He wrote a ticket out to my husband as "Unlawful taking of invertebrate" and marked as misdemeanor.