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    Came up in shrimp pot in PWS last week. Never seen anything like this. Any body know what it is??
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    looks like some kind of starfish to me ???

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    Yep - feather starfish. Here is one in the water:

    http://www.alaska-in-pictures.com/fe...1-pictures.htm

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    It does not look near as creepy in the water..
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    Thanx, that was a strange looking thing

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    They can look beautiful or creepy as hell, depending on what you are expecting and what they are doing. Sitting still they look like a very delicate coral, almost like a flower. They are cool to watch swimming, but that can be a shock at first if you aren't expecting it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JedQj7UMO9M

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    A Feather star is not the same thing as a starfish although they are related. A starfish moves around with it's tube feet and arms. A feather star and sea lily are attached to the ocean floor kind of like a sea anemone or coral. I was going to say a feather star or sea lily of some sort.

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    Three years ago my wife and I caught over a hundred of those on a string of pots. It was really strange - we had a great set with pots full of shrimp, so we tried to set back on nearly the exact same spot. The next pull did not yield one shrimp - not a single one - but every pot was absolutely covered in feather stars - probably 10-20 per pot. Strangest thing I've seen yet while shrimping, and only that one time.
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    Crinoid (proper name). Neat citters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallardman View Post
    Crinoid (proper name). Neat citters.
    Yep, and they're pretty important organisms in the fossil record as well. They've been around for quite some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallardman View Post
    Crinoid (proper name). Neat critters.
    Crinoid is the proper name of the Class of ~600 species that includes feather stars, exactly like Mammal is the proper name of a Class that includes dogs and humans. So, all feather stars are Crinoids, but not all Crinoids are feather stars.

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