Project Description

This juvenile sunflower star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) was speeding across the sand and over an old clam shell on the hunt for its next meal.  Adult sunflower stars are the largest sea stars in the world reaching a massive size of 39 inches (1 m) across.  Sunflower stars can weigh up to 11 pounds (5 kg), and have up to 26 arms.  The range of these speedy hunters is from northern Alaska to northern Mexico.