A Starfish, Pisaster, Hanging On

Pisaster ochraceus. Starfish took a hit from sea star wasting syndrome starting in 2013. The disease persists, but healthy Pisaster are now in the majority on my home beaches. I found this five-armed beauty clinging to an overhanging ledge a few days ago, on June 14, 2018. Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal…

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Sunflower Star, Pycnopodia helianthoides

Sunflower stars are attractive sea stars that are most at home in the subtidal zone and deeper. You will sometimes encounter them on the beaches if there are rocks around and the tide is especially low. I discovered these in and around low tide pools on July 23, when low tide stooped to the lowest,…

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Sea Stars and Sand Dollars

The low tides, especially those below mean lower low water (0.0′), afford an opportunity to observe Pisaster ochraceus, wherever rocky outcrops jut from the sand. On the exposed coast, P. ochraceus need to stay attached to rocks. They are slow-movers but they get around, maneuvering up and down on their rock as the tides rise and fall. I…

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