Within two weeks 95% of this cove's seastars were rotting away. The smell was very strong. I helped with beach surveying during this summer's outbreak .
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.
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...