Archive for the ‘sea star’ Category
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 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…)
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.