Juvenile, about 2" across.
The lone injured starfish was captured and released near the shore. It exhibited nine arms, three of them not being complete. This could be explained by a failed attempt by a predator or by a previous interaction with a human.
Echinoderms (Phylum Echinodermata from Greek, ἐχῖνος, echinos – "hedgehog" und δέρμα, derma – "skin") are a phylum of marine animals. The adults are recognizable by their (usually five-point) radial symmetry, and include such well-known animals as starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers. Echinoderms are found at every ocean depth, from the intertidal zone to the abyssal zone. The phylum contains about 7000 living species, making it the second-largest grouping of deuterostomes (a superphylum), after...