Somewhere on Pacific Coast between Coos Bay and Newport
About 8" across. This interesting starfish can catch fish! Read more about them here: http://www.seastarsofthepacificnorthwest.info/species/velcro_star.html
About 5 inches across and had five arms with pale spines.
Sprawled out, waiting for the tide to return
Hanging out in an area that is not visited much by humans
These stars and the Henricia seem to be protected from wasting disease.
ALL of the stars other than Dermasterias have been wiped out in this bay by sea star wasting, so I was happy to see this one. Perhaps a survivor? Now regrowing three of its rays.
Starfish or sea stars are star-shaped echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. 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 species of starfish occur on the seabed in all the world's oceans, from the tropics to frigid polar waters. They are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m (20,000 ft) below the surface.