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Purple Star

Pisaster ochraceus


5 arms. Despite it's name, color ranges from purple to orange/brown.


Intertidal zone. Most were tucked under rocks on the beach. Two individuals were observed out in the open, in shallow water.


Photographed at Titlow Beach park, Tacoma, Washington, just past low tide.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Lovely to see the range of colours. Great spotting Anne Marie and thanks for the information !

Tacoma, Washington, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2014
Submitted on May 14, 2014

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