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Nitrozac
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posted August 30, 2001 12:09     Click Here to See the Profile for Nitrozac   Click Here to Email Nitrozac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't you just love the Sea? Here is what appears to be a mutant starfish sunning itself in lowtide.

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Eponine
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posted August 30, 2001 12:53     Click Here to See the Profile for Eponine   Click Here to Email Eponine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gah! It's Snaggy! Oh, wait, it's just a starfish. ^_^

Very neat Nitrozac, I was just in Fla at the beach, and the sand dollars were just as cool to look at. I didn't see any starfish though.

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Demosthenes
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posted August 30, 2001 12:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Demosthenes   Click Here to Email Demosthenes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
wow, it looks like cthulhu's maw.

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Roceal
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posted August 30, 2001 17:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Roceal   Click Here to Email Roceal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's not a starfish, that's a sunflower star. Those can have as many as 20 arms, unlike the typically five-armed starfish. It is in the same phylum of Echinodermata, though.

-Andrea, who used to want to be a marine biology major and misses getting to scuba dive.

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Nitrozac
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posted August 30, 2001 19:06     Click Here to See the Profile for Nitrozac   Click Here to Email Nitrozac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Andrea!
I looked up more info for y'all;
"Frequenting regions rich in seaweeds, the sunflower star can be found in the intertidal and subtidal zones from Alaska to San Diego (although uncommon south of Carmel Bay in Monterey County). With an arm radius of over 15 inches (40 cm.) or more, these soft flexible creatures bear up to 24 arms in adults, and 5 arms in juveniles. Usually pink, purplish, or brown, they can also be found in red, orange, or yellow.

This impressive animal is the largest, heaviest, and most active of the Pacific coast sea stars; a large sunflower star can bring over 1500 sucker feet into action against a struggling fish or crab. Sea urchins and mussels are the sunflower star's favorite foods. They usually swallow their food whole and digest it internally, even though they can partially evert their stomachs. In Monterey Bay, this star feeds seasonally on dead or dying squid."

Here is even more interesting info!
http://web.mit.edu/corrina/tpool/sfstar.html

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Eponine
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posted August 30, 2001 22:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Eponine   Click Here to Email Eponine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that's really cool! I figured some geek here would know what it really was.

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bull3t
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posted September 17, 2001 10:32     Click Here to See the Profile for bull3t   Click Here to Email bull3t     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That looks like something my cat coughed up a few weeks ago

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Xanoxt R'rilander
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posted September 17, 2001 11:03     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanoxt R'rilander   Click Here to Email Xanoxt R'rilander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, you lucky people who live near the sea.

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sk00t
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posted September 27, 2001 00:48     Click Here to See the Profile for sk00t     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am getting hungry....

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted September 30, 2001 18:01     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was very pretty, and very tasty!

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Morbo the Destroyer
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posted September 30, 2001 19:42           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It reminds me of your puny Galaxy, which I intend to destroy in the next three-hundred of your puny Earth-years.

-Morbo

P.S. You are all puny! PUUUUNYYYYY!!!

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DivaGeek
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posted September 30, 2001 20:15     Click Here to See the Profile for DivaGeek   Click Here to Email DivaGeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What if it gets stuck to your foot? With all those suckers, I'll bet it doesn't come off easily...

I guess you'll just have to find a matching one and stick it to the other foot.

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Xanthine
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posted September 30, 2001 21:53     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanthine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by DivaGeek:
What if it gets stuck to your foot? With all those suckers, I'll bet it doesn't come off easily...

I guess you'll just have to find a matching one and stick it to the other foot.


Now that would be something to see...
Okay, enough procrastinating. Back to microbiology.

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