Friday, April 22, 2011

Giant Pink Sea Stars from the Northwest Pacific-UPDATE!

UPDATE! (sorry-late from June 2011) More Giant Pink Star, Pisaster brevispinus pics from BRITISH COLUMBIA! thanks again to Neil McDaniel! Photos by Geoff Grognet
Here with Doug S. for scale....
(From April 2011)
About a week ago Mr. Jim V. of Elma, Washington sent me this pic of a MASSIVE specimen of Pisaster brevispinus-the Giant Pink Sea Star which he collected in a crab net with his sons Josiah and Dylan. (dated April 11, 2011)

(images courtesy of Mr. Volz and from

According to Mr. V. : "We estimated 40 " from tip to tip. Approx 15 pounds".

So definitely sizeable but until we get exact measurements-its not clear to me if this was larger than the one from BC below, still pretty cool. Based on its feeding biology, it must have some VERY crazy long tube feet!!

The animal was donated to the Westport Aquarium. Here's the account from the local Washington news.

The unusual feeding biology of Pisaster brevispinus can be found here.

Here is the prior account of the large animal collected earlier by Neil McDaniel...
From Neil McDaniel! This gigantic specimen of Pisaster brevispinus measured a freakkin 3.2 feet across in diameter!! (99 cm) From Inner Vancouver Harbor in British Columbia.

It is conceivably one of the largest individuals of this species recorded. Do you have a bigger specimen?? Take a pic and I'll feature it on the Echinoblog!! (but please don't harm the animal!)

The beast was returned to the wild after being photographed...

Pisaster brevispinus is one of the world's LARGEST starfish species...(here to see the others).

The unusual feeding biology of Pisaster brevispinus can be found here.

It will be a busy week. LOTS to blog about! More soon!

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