Patterns of Nature – Starfish

Continue to produce a series of “Patterns of Nature” from National Geographic. This issue focuses on the patterns of time, which nature decorate the surface of sea stars. Starfish or sea stars are echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. The names “starfish” and “sea star” essentially refer to members of the class Asteroidea. However, common usage frequently finds “starfish” and “sea star” also applied to ophiuroids which are correctly referred to as “brittle stars” or “basket stars”.There are about 1,800 living species of starfish that occur in all the world’s oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian as well as in the Arctic and the Southern Ocean regions. Starfish occur across a broad depth range from the intertidal to abyssal depths.

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1. Deltoid starfish. Deltoid starfish between emerald corals in the western zone of the Pacific Ocean.

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2. Maldives starfish. Red and yellow starfish in coral “sea fan” in the Maldives.

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3. Pale yellow starfish. Pale yellow starfish and her bright red cousin of kelp on the beach in Point Tang Vashigtone.

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4. Purple starfish. Purple starfish on the ocean floor.

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5. Non-toxic emissions from a special dye around the sea urchin (stropyga sp.) Near Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These creatures inhabit the oceans around the world.

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6. Mosaic starfish. The photo was taken in the Pacific Ocean. Coloration of the sea star helps her to be invisible among the rocks and coral.

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7. Sea urchin. The spines of sea urchins (Asthenosoma varium) seem to be a colorful flower. The photo was taken on the island of Komodo in Indonesia. Blue tips of needles filled with poison.

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8. Starfish and crab. A tiny crab wanders by bright blue sea star.

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9. The needles of the sea urchin. Blue-green needles of a sea urchin, photographed in the western zone of the Pacific Ocean, to help him defend against predators.

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10. Starfish. This species of sea stars living in the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, should be purple. But they have the ability to change color depending on the environment.

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11. Starfish Solomon Islands. Starfish resting on the reef the Solomon Islands. Subspecies of the sea star is determined by the color of scales that cover its back side.

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12. Lavender sea star. This is absolutely incredible starfish coloring is found in the reefs of Bunaken Island in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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13. Purple sea urchin. This bristling on the sea urchin, photographed in G od’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia, is ready to defend his life.

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14. Indonesian starfish. Coloration of the sea star like painting stars inhabitants of South-vostochnoaziyskogo archipelago.

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15. Crab and sea urchin. Striped crab (Zebrida adamsii) on the sea star (Astropyga radiata) in the western Pacific.


Beauty Of Underwater World

Three passions – diving, zoology and photography – merge into unique underwater close-ups able to impress even sophisticated audience. These amazing pictures were taken in the waters of the White Sea which is characterized by stable temperature comfortable for many wonderful creatures to live in, but not for people who live nearby – the climate at the sea is rather tough…

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