All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Ochre Sea stars</strong>
<em>Pisaster ochraceus</em>
The correct name for these 5-armed echinoderms is <em>sea star</em>, not "starfish" since they are not related to fish in any way. Sea stars are often left exposed on the rocks and pier pil...
Ochre Sea stars
Pisaster ochraceus
The correct name for these 5-armed echinoderms is sea star, not "starfish" since they are not related to fish in any way. Sea stars are often left exposed on the rocks and pier pilings during low tide; Sea stars breathe through their skin, as long as they stay wet from the spray they can survive until the next high tide. Some of these sea stars are orange and others are purple.

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