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Friday, February 21, 2014

A Sea Star reaches for its meal.

Mark Simkins photographed a Sea Star on the move. It is reaching, perhaps, for a mussel. 

Sea Stars, more commonly called Starfish, move more quickly than you might expect. They have hundreds of tube feet on their undersides. Sea Stars are in the family Asteroidea. They are related to Sand Dollars, Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers. 

Low tide is a great time to see some, as Peggy Berryhill photographed above.

Thanks to Mark and Peggy for allowing me to share their photos with you here.


Maureen said...

I'm glad to see this. Something is killing the Pacific sea stars…seeing some nice big healthy ones is heartening.

Jeanne Jackson said...

Maureen, I am told there are less here recently. It is so sad what is happening to them. I hope scientists find the answer soon. I will ask my photographers to go out after the storms and see if the sea stars are okay.