Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mr. Orange.

There was a nice low tide near mid-day today, so off we went to Boundary Bay. Son and I walked out on the tidal flats, miles it seemed, to where the breakers hit the shore. We saw the usual fare, with the addition of this orange one.

A small Pycnopodia a little the worse for wear.

I picked it up with one hand, holding the camera with the other. I was reminded how soft and slippery these guys are. Oops, dropped it. Notice the tube feet extending from the oral (bottom) surface.

Note also that something had taken a bite out of Mr. Orange. See the four small regenerating legs.


meemsnyc said...

Wow! I've never seen anything as cool as that before! That is amazing!

Arati said...

amazing. what is it though?

Eskarina said...

I didn't know they came into Boundary bay!
Just what I needed, another excuse to head to the beach.

Karen said...

Who would dare to bite the badass of the sea star family? I thought these guys would win in a throwdown with just about anyone.

Hugh said...

Arati, It's a sunflower seastar (starfish).

Eskarina, I've never seen one there either. Most of the ones I've seen previously were hauled up with crab traps in much deeper water.

Karen, I dunno. Dogfish?

KaHolly said...

Beautiful seastar! I've only seen purple seastars here in our waters. ~karen