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.
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