Project Description

I enjoyed my dive at Nanoose Bay where I saw this colourful rose star (Crossaster papposus) clinging to a deep vertical rock wall.  Rose stars can vary greatly in colour and pattern.  These stars also have many distinct spines on their surface, and often have eleven arms or rays.  For a sea star this animal is very fast and can reach a distance up to 27.5 inches (70 cm) per minute.  The rose star can grow to 14 inches (34 cm) across, with a circumpolar range heading south to China and Japan, and also south to Britain and New Jersey, and on the west coast from northern Alaska to northern Washington.