Starfish Day for Julie

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Julie, a Facebook Friend, tells me that she really digs starfish. Because I can use all the friends I can get and Julie never scolds me for attempting a humorous comment on her status changes, I think that her polite hint deserves an appropriate response.

Since I do, despite my geeky aura, appreciate the sentimentality evoked by images of starfish, I’ll set the stage with this mushy shot:

I can hear the murmurings of “Awwwwww . . .” from here. I have no idea who the people were. They simply happened to be standing on the rock while I composed the image. It was a very lucky break.

The truth is, I nearly overstayed my prime time. During an attempt to catch the sailboat out on Astrolabe Bay,  I was nearly inundated by a wave crashing on the rocks:Now that I’ve set the mood in my inimical way, we shall proceed to tickle Julie’s fancy with some yummy starfish.

You know, I’ve seen  this shape before.  There is a logo somewhere, on a product or representing some organization, that is a cartoonish figure of a starfish (two eyes, a mouth, etc.) with the top of the star a little crooked, as if it were wearing a hat which is a bit askew. This Fromia milleporella  reminds me of that:Please keep in mind that this is Annual General Meeting week and I’m sitting here trying to stay interested and not fall asleep. My mind wanders in particularly unusual ways. I keep feeling fluid draining from my sinus cavities. It’s seawater. My wife, Eunie, tells me when to raise my hand to vote on a motion. As you can imagine. I’m a little more distracted than usual.

But wait! Let’s get back to Julie’s starfish. This is one that you’ve seen here many times, the lovely Choriaster granulatus:You may be tiring of seeing this critter, but I’m nowhere near finished taking pictures of it.

Here’s is another which you have seen here many times:I’m sure that everyone out there has seen images of the Mimic Octopus which is able to contort and recolour its body in marvelous ways to appear to be any of several non-octopus critters. However, have you ever seen a Linckia laevigata  mimic a snake? As of now, you have.

It may surprise some that this lump is a starfish:Called a New Guinea Cushion Star (Culcita novaeguineae),  it appears more like a bumpy, spiky football. In fact, it is supremely tempting to pick it up and attempt to kick it back and forth between divers using the floppy fins.

Of course, we never actually do  that.

Bon appétit,  Juli.

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6 Responses to “Starfish Day for Julie”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Add me to your starfish fan club! Beautiful!

    Thanks,
    Steve

  2. Ron Barrons Says:

    Ditto on the fan club. Amazing critters.

  3. MadDog Says:

    I seem to have unleashed a flood of starfish fans. I’ll have to rush out and get some more shots.

  4. MadDog Says:

    You’re added to the Starfish Fan Club Roster, Ron. I’m going to have to go starfish hunting this Saturday. I know just the spot!

  5. Julie Says:

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! They are so beautiful! There’s just something about the starfish that makes me smile. We get a few poor little grayish-brown ones that wash up on Galveston but they don’t compare to these.

    Thank you!

  6. MadDog Says:

    Yes, Julie, I imagine that Galveston Bay would not be starfish heaven.

    Your are welcome, welcome, welcome. I wish other readers would more often let me know the things that they enjoy seeing. It is I who should be thanking you.

    Thanks,
    MadDog