Sea Stars

Banded-arm Brittle Star

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Banded-arm Brittle Star
West Palm Beach, Florida (Blue Heron Bridge) – 7/1/2017

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Nine-armed Sea Star

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Nine-armed Sea Star
West Palm Beach, Florida (Blue Heron Bridge) – 7/1/2017

Cushion Sea Star

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Cushion Sea Star
West Palm Beach, Florida (Blue Heron Bridge) – 6/30/2017

Fragile Star

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Catalina, California (Big Geiger) – 5/28/2017

I could not figure out this sea star, so I reached out to Neil McDaniel, who is the best source on identifying sea stars on the West Coast Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest .  He said that this mottled star is likely the fragile star Linckia columbiae. Apparently, this star normally has five rays, so this 6-rayed specimen might be unusual.

Blood Star

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Catalina, California (Crane Base) – 5/28/2017

I am not entirely confident in this identification.  This looks like a Blood Star given the size and texture.   This was the best source I could find on identifying sea stars on the West Coast Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest Credit: Neil McDaniel)

Sponge Brittle Star

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Dominica (Fort Young Dock) – 1/17/2017

Golden Crinoid

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Golden Crinoid
Dominica (Scott’s Head Dropoff) – 1/16/2017