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  • vaaler
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    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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  • Brian M
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    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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  • mallardman
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    Crinoid (proper name). Neat citters.

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  • Brian M
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  • Brian M
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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.
    Last edited by Brian M; 05-26-2014, 21:20.

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  • Bushwhack Jack
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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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  • vaaler
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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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  • tomfishhunter
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    Thanx, that was a strange looking thing

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  • JR2
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    It does not look near as creepy in the water..

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  • vaaler
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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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  • potbuilder
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    looks like some kind of starfish to me ???

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  • tomfishhunter
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    What is this???

    Came up in shrimp pot in PWS last week. Never seen anything like this. Any body know what it is??:confused:
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