I’m Going to Eat You! Said the Seastar to the Barnacle

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.” This photo already appeared on theoutershores in Quick, What’s This Worm? with the caption you see above. At the time, I thought it was fine, but Jarm hit a home run with, “I’m going to eat you!” said the seastar to barnacle. What better…

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How Stable the Starfish?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.” This post is the Day 11 assignment for my Blogging 101 class. For decades we have known that starfish, like Pisaster ochraceus, are potent predators that play a big role, directly or indirectly, in maintaining the familiar communities of plants and animals in the intertidal…

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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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