The Striped Sea Star is normally more vividly colored than this one, sometimes orange and black, and sometimes rose and gray. I don't find them very often.
The lovely Sunflower Star can have up to 24 arms. Sometimes it seems to glow from within. It comes in shades of orange and brown, with dabs of violet. I'm always sad to see a gull eating one, arm by arm. It was great to find dozens of these today, since many have died with the sea star wasting disease.
I found Ochre Stars of brown, purple, violet, and orange today. With the sea star wasting disease, I was happy to find so many healthy ones!
Starfish or sea stars are echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. The names "starfish" and "sea star" essentially refer to members of this class. However, common usage frequently finds these names being also applied to ophiuroids, which are correctly referred to as "brittle stars" or "basket stars". About 1,500 living species of starfish occur on the seabed in all the world's oceans, from the tropics to subzero polar waters. They are found from the intertidal zone...