What is this???

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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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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 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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