Archive for the ‘sea star’ Category

Stars of the Reef

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The pink star has graceful, tapering arms.

The pink star has graceful, tapering arms.

Ochre stars can be orange or this dark, almost brownish purple.

Ochre stars can be orange or this dark, almost brownish purple.

Visitors who watched patiently saw this leather star move around on tube feet.

Visitors who watched patiently saw this leather star move around on tube feet.

The sunflower star has up to 22 legs and can measure 3 feet across.

Bat stars can be pink, gray, brown, red and blue as well as this bright orange.

Bat stars can be pink, gray, brown, red and blue as well as this bright orange.

Where the Stars Come Out During the Day

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend 2011 brought thousands of visitors to FMR, and they were all treated to some daytime “star gazing” in the form of the many sea stars that make their homes in the rocky intertidal habitat.

The sunflower star has up to 22 legs and can measure 3 feet across.

The sunflower star is one of the most special finds in the reserve. And not just because they have so many arms (up to 22!); they prefer to hunt in the deeper zones of the intertidal, and so they are most visible during very low minus tides. (more…)

Amazing View of a Bat Star’s Stomach

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

During a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was treated to the remarkable sight of a bat star’s (Asterina miniata) stomach in action! On display in the Deep Reefs tank, the star had used its tube feet to pick up a small silver bait fish leftover from a recent feeding.

Bat star eating a fish

Bat star eating a fish

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