Tag Archives: Sunflower Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)

I Taw a Putty Tat


No, it was a crab. No. It’s a Sunflower Seastar. I’m beginning to really dislike creatures. This son of a gun was sucking down some tasty morsels I had out for crab.

Pycnopodia helianthoides, commonly known as the sunflower seastar, is a large sea star found in Secret Cove and environs. (in this case, Buccaneer Bay). It is the largest sea star in the world, with a maximum armspan of 1 meter. Sunflower seastars usually have 16 to 24 limbs, their color can vary widely. They are predatory, feeding mostly on sea urchins, clams, snails, and other small invertebrates. They can be quick, efficient hunters, moving at an astonishing speed of 1 meter per minute using 15,000 tube feet which lie on the undersides of their bodies. I wore my glove ’cause they’re a lot more gelatinous and slimy than a regular old star fish is.