Sunflower Sea Star

Pycnopodia Helianthoides

The sunflower star is the largest sea star in the world! It usually preys on other sea stars. When sunflower sea stars are young, they have six arms, like a typical sea star. However, as they mature, they grow addition arms, sometimes even more than 20! Sunflower sea starts will eat almost anything in their path, but their favorite food is purple sea urchins. They tends to favor rocky shores, so they can be spotted along the coast of the Puget Sound.

While their total population in the Sound is unknown you can spot these guys and their echinoderm relatives on almost any beach. Go have fun looking!

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