Ochre Star
(Pisaster ochraceus)

image of a Ochre Star

Image ID: 203-01

Comments : I believe there are six or seven Ochre Stars in this photograph, showing off their wide range of color. These are very common sea stars in Puget Sound, and often can be found clinging to rocks by beachcombers at low tide. The white dotted lines across the Ochre Star are actually teeth that are used to keep parasites/predators of the Ochre Star's back.
Common name : Ochre Star
Scientific Name : Pisaster ochraceus
Location Found : Salt Creek, Strait of Juan de Fuca
Actual Size : 14 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX 35mm
Natural History :