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    Grey sunstar ?

    Today we are diving on the Brummer up at Scapa Flow. Usual Scapa conditions horizontal rain etc. Anyway there we are drifting along at about 20m heading back to the shot line and we come across a grey sunstar starfish. I have the sunstar on video all lit up with my torch.
    I have never seen a grey sunstar. Is this unusual or is it more likely to be dead or infected in some way?

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    As in common Sunstar Crossaster or the 'purple' one Solaster endeca? I've seen Crossaster very muted and muddy coloured, but not really grey. The only big grey thing is Marthasterias which wouldn't have enough legs unless it had been bitten by a radioactive centipede!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    As in common Sunstar Crossaster or the 'purple' one Solaster endeca? I've seen Crossaster very muted and muddy coloured, but not really grey. The only big grey thing is Marthasterias which wouldn't have enough legs unless it had been bitten by a radioactive centipede!
    looking in Paul Naylor's book I would say Crossaster papposus or common sunstar. More lumpy on top compared to the purple sunstar which is smoother.
    13 legs.

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    Sounds about right. Just all grey, or with the pattern still visible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    Sounds about right. Just all grey, or with the pattern still visible?
    Not sure about a pattern. But we can see the bumpy bits on top, if that makes sense.
    I found two grey sunstars today on a sea bed search today.

    It has been unusual in that I have seen many sunstars, but never grey.
    Thank you for your help

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    We saw some amazing sunstars in British Columbia - around 1M across! Sealife out there is like UK sealife on steroids.

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    Those are sunflower stars, they eat sunstars
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    Hey Dawn, have you seen Georgina's photo project with Egyptian birds? Perhaps you could do similar with little sea critters.
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    There's plenty of those already
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