Saw tons of vibrant Pacific Blood Stars among the tide pools in the late morning/early afternoon.
large, 5 tapering arms. yellow/orange with tiny white spines along arms and disk.
leathery 5 wide arms. grey with orange spots. deep in rocky shore of minus tide.
Very young. White with fuzzy edges.
very small. 5 long, slender, cylindrical arms. red/orange with tiny spines. minus tide.
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...