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Cushion Starfish

Oreaster reticulatus

Description:

Several colors of starfish were around, correlating with the size of each specimen. Each had roughly the same pattern on their back. I disturbed only one - it's body was stiff, and it's back studded with rough points that fell short of being short.

Habitat:

These starfish dotted the otherwise plain white sand of many islands on the Caribbean side of Panama, usually within just a meter or two of shore. The waters are warm and calm; I was told by a local captain that they never have rough storms, so outside of tourists these starfish are relatively undisturbed by others.

Notes:

Even on the boat I took passage on out of the San Blas, the debate raged over how long a starfish can survive outside of water - indeed, I can still find no reliable source online and the spread seems to be mere seconds to five days. Having witnessed starfish shuffled around by waves on the Oregon coast to the extent that they were not submerged for minutes at a time, I felt relatively confident that I could take up a starfish long enough for a picture. That the starfish was snacking was a welcome surprise, but my friend was no less quick to snap the picture and the starfish was quickly returned to its place on the seabed.

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9 Comments

Curator of Good
Curator of Good 8 years ago

Little late on the thanks, but I'm glad you all like the pics.

Roxanne
Roxanne 9 years ago

Amazing, I love the colors of them all scattered in the sand. Simply amazing!

TahitiaMorin
TahitiaMorin 9 years ago

Great photo, would have loved to seen that.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Looks like Christmas confetti ;-)... Cool spotting! I am VERY jealous about the paradise scenery!

windmustache
windmustache 9 years ago

Good series. Thanks for sharing.

Curator of Good
Curator of Good 9 years ago

Thanks!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

This is beautiful!

FianaShapiro
FianaShapiro 9 years ago

Way cool. Those colors are amazing, and I love that first picture of the boat and being able to see them so well through the water.

FianaShapiro
FianaShapiro 9 years ago

Way cool. Those colors are amazing, and I love that first picture of the boat and being able to see them so well through the water.

Curator of Good
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Curator of Good

Panamá, Panama

Spotted on Oct 15, 2010
Submitted on Nov 12, 2011

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