ochreThe common star fish uses a distinctly uncommon internal mechanism to mitigate its exposure to warm air at low tide. Understanding that may unlock clues to how temperature changes in both the oceans and the air above them may affect aquatic ecosystems.

sanford1Eric SanfordAlthough sea stars are ubiquitous—some 1800 species inhabit all of the world's oceans-- Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory researcher Eric Sanford says there's still quite a lot we don't know about them.

Sea stars also come in a veritable rainbow of colors—even the familiar ochre sea star common to the Pacific coast—but why or how those varied colors occur is not yet understood.

 mussel bedjpgA lone sea star makes an obvious impact on the mussel bed covering this rock near the tideline.

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