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Source: Channel Islands National ParkThe magnificent sunflower star inhabits low intertidal and subtidal areas ranging from Alaska to San Diego, California. Juvenile stars begin life with 5 arms, but once mature, adults have close to 24! They have very soft, spongy skin that comes in a kaleidoscope of colors - purple, green, brown, orange, pink and yellow. They are the largest sea star in the kelp forest reaching lengths of over a meter from tip to tip.
Credit: Susanna Pershern, Submerged Resources CenterOnce plentiful, a mysterious sea star wasting disease has all but wiped out the Sunflower Star population in the Channel Islands. Let's hope they make a comeback soon, they are missed.