SUNFLOWER SEA STAR (Gold) - the largest sea star in the world [Pycnopodia helianthoides] by Paul Nicklen. This sea star is draped moplike over a seafloor rock off the British Columbia coast. Though commonly called starfish, sea stars are not fish but echinoderms, more closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. Only the five-armed species really resemble stars—others may boast as many as 40 appendages.
image credit: okinawa-zukan.com Habitat: New Caledonia, eastern Australia, Western Australia Status: No conservation concerns This is the fabulousssss Phyllodesmium poindimiei!! You see those orange things in its cerata (tentacle-type things?) .. those are actually eggs! Doesn't it look a little bit like magical spaghetti?