A Starfish at Port Eynon (1) - A living Common Starfish (Asterias rubens L.) washed ashore on the sandy beach at Port Eynon, Gower, South Wales.

Just a lovely, lively, colourful Common Starfish, Asterias rubens Linnaeus, washed onto the sand one sunny summer day at Port Eynon on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales.

The starfish has a beautiful mottled orange spiny skin. As the arms are flexed, you can see the myriads of translucent tube feet on the under surface – extending and contracting. The movements were aimed at investigating the new, unaccustomed, surroundings with a view to gaining purchase or finding shelter from the sun. However, it momentarily looked as if it was dancing. 

A Starfish at Port Eynon (2) - A living Common Starfish (Asterias rubens L.) washed ashore on the sandy beach at Port Eynon, Gower, South Wales.

A Starfish at Port Eynon (3) - A living Common Starfish (Asterias rubens L.) washed ashore on the sandy beach at Port Eynon, Gower, South Wales. 

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2 Replies to “A starfish at Port Eynon”

  1. What a lovely starfish! I thought of you the other day, when I was visiting the beach (the one with all the icicles everywhere). When photographing the swirling patterns of snow, especially, thought of you. Wondered what your eyes would see.

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  2. I was wishing I could have been there with you! What spectacular icicles. What strange formations. I would have had a field day – if the electronics on the camera did not freeze up.

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