Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tiny, spiny starfish

I'm still examining my photos of the holdfast critters and trying to identify what I've found. I'll post what I have tomorrow, identified or not.

In the meantime, isn't this the cutest starfish ever?

It's on a piece of dead eelgrass and a bit of kelp. And it's under 1/4 inch point to point.

It isn't from the holdfast; I have a spare water container, for filtering used water through sand and airing it. I add green stuff from time to time, for the clorophyll; when it dies, I take it out and dump it on my compost. Luckily, I checked it first. I don't know how this starfish got there.

It's very much alive; while I watched, it crawled off the eelgrass onto the kelp. And now it's in the main tank,  hidden in the sea lettuce.


  1. This little starfish truly is utterly adorable. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite like it. :)

  2. What an interesting LITTLE starfish!

  3. It is fuzzy and cute! Good eye to spot it.

  4. I wonder if that's his full size, or if it'll grow out of this "spiny" phase.

  5. What an interesting and cute little starfish! You do find some of the coolest things.

    The other day, someone on facebook asked me if there would be an International Rock Flipping Day. I asked Dave and he wasn't sure and suggested asking you. Let me know if you want to do something and perhaps we can coordinate with Dave. Last year, that date was the closing of my farm sale, and the day before the 2nd anniversary of Don's death, so I just didn't have the interest, but perhaps I can manage this year. I think I may be here in NS until around Sept. 10th. Anyhow, let me know if you're interested!


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