low tide species not often seen; record and ID from Sally Carson
Small - about 2" across, possibly eating the black turban underneath.
Being eaten by a gull - with difficulty.
This is the variation that may be a different species. It is fairly common here.
I noticed four Blood Stars (Henricia leviuscula) at low tide, and this one was about 5" across. Some, like this one, have blotches of the lighter coloration, but I've heard it doesn't affect their health. It's wonderful seeing a few back on the beach after most died with SeaStar Wasting Syndrome.
Leptasterias hexactis pouncing on something?
i foolishly didn't take any photos of the upperside of the star. i think its a bat...eating a Urticina lofotensis?
Monterey County, California, US
Ventura County, California, US
-1.15 low tide