8/17/2014 - Lone Ranch Creek, OR: Starfish washed up on the beach. Purple, bloated. One arm was white and pulled out like long taffy.
Juvenile, about 1/2" - beautiful mottled bluish color.
Unusual 6-legged individual.
Young starfish, about 3 inches across.
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...