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Giant Basket Sea Star (night)

Astrophyton muricatum

Description:

During the day, it curls up into a tight ball shape to protect itself from predators. At night, it climbs to an elevated point to feed by extending its intricately branched feeding arms in a bowl-like shape in order to snare passing plankton and other organisms from the current.

Habitat:

Night dive in Bari Reef, Bonaire.

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3 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

It's perfect that you got both shots and interesting to see the night and daytime behaviors! Great spottings :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago

Hi Christine, I thought it was quite interesting because at first during the day we were wondering what these fuzzy balls in the corals were and then at night the mistery was solved :-)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

So cool that you got day and night shots!

The MnMs
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Bonaire, Caribisch Nederland, Netherlands

Spotted on Sep 13, 2017
Submitted on Dec 30, 2017

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