The vast, unexplored ocean is filled with wonderful and mysterious creatures. This week, we journey far offshore for a midnight drift dive with over 1,000 feet of water between us and the seafloor. The animals here are bizarre and beautiful, and little is known about their biology.
What if you didn’t send food down to your stomach to digest it, but you sent your stomach up to your food instead? This is exactly what the sunflower seastar does. With 16 to 24 arms and 15,000 tube feet to help grab, open and eat clams, snails, abalone, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins.
The sunflower star is the largest sea star in the world. It’s also one of the fastest animals on the ocean bottom, crawling one metre… a minute, which may not seem that fast to us but is speedy if you’re a clam just chillin’ on the sand.
You can read more about the sunflower seastar at aquablog.ca.
Watch the miraculous journey of infant sea turtles as these tiny animals run the gauntlet of predators and harsh conditions. Then, in numbers, see how human behavior has made their tough lives even more challenging.