Postcard from the Reef – Sea Star

Gliding across the sand, a handsome sea star catches my eye. These stars spend the day under the sand, hiding from the many predators that hunt with the light. In the darkness it rises and begins its own hunt. While two arms seem to be in the process of regrowing, the star is otherwise quite healthy. I wander off into the dark, wondering what prey the starfish is seeking, what will be eaten tonight.

A starfish (Luidia aspera) hunting across the sand at night, 40′ depth, Mahukona