Pink Short Spined Star
(Pisaster brevispinus)

image of a Pink Short Spined Star

Image ID: 141-01

Comments : Another of the monstrous sea stars found in Puget Sound. I believe that only the Sunflower Star is larger. These five rayed stars are fairly common in Puget Sound and prey veraciously on clams and other star fish. We often see these stars with a "hump" is the middle, which I believe indicates that the star has caught a clam and is in the process of compromising the clam's shell and devouring it's insides. My observations are that these sea stars do not appear to be capable of moving as fast as Sunflower Stars.
Common name : Pink Short Spined Star
Scientific Name : Pisaster brevispinus
Location Found : Sunrise Beach, Puget Sound
Actual Size : 24 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX w/1->3T macro
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