This is a 1" across baby Pisaster ochraceus, or Ochre Sea Star, found under seaweed clinging to a rock during the minus tide. I'm happy to find at least one healthy baby sea star, given the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. There was one adult hiding under a rock, but I couldn't tell whether it was Pisaster ochraceus or Evasterias troschelii.
I was delighted to find a Leptasterias hexactis or Colorful Six-armed Star during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone. This one was only a bit over 1" across, and a beautiful shade of turquoise-gray.
Here's a large and very healthy 5" Henricia leviuscula leviuscula or Blood Star, found during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone. With Seastar Wasting Syndrome, I'm excited to find two healthy Blood Stars on the same morning.
Ochre sea stars spotted at low tide on the North Beach in Discovery Park, Seattle, WA -- exhibiting symptoms of wasting syndrome (?)
Have been tracking this one for about 6 months - only one in its neighborhood - never strays far from the bat cave.
#ADE2014 Empty tide pool
On beach run at La Jolla Shores Beach #ade2014