Thursday, 1 December 2016

Feathered Stars (Amazing Videos)

The amazing creature you are about to see is commonly known as "feathered starfish":

Feathered starfishes are not true starfishes. They are crinoids and are marine animals that make up the class Crinoidea of the echinoderms (phylum Echinodermata). Their name comes from the Greek word krinon, "a lily", and eidos, "form".These bizarre creatures live both in shallow water and in depths as great as 9,000 meters (30,000 ft). Some of those crinoids spend their adult life attached to the sea bottom by a stalk. These crinoids are called sea lilies.

The unstalked species (like the one in the video) are called feather starfishes or just feathered stars. Here's another video showing one:

Photo by Image by Jules Nene

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