Did you get out and explore our beaches this past week during some of the lowest tides we will have this summer? Our naturalists were out every day, mingling with our intertidal neighbors and helping our visitors see and learn about even the tiniest of creatures!
It’s no surprise that these colorful echinoderms are also known as the hedgehogs of the sea: they’re round like balls and covered with long, movable spines. They’re also one of the most popular animals in the touch pools of our Life on the Edge exhibit.
Now’s your chance to cast your eyes upon the rarely seen and aptly named feather star. Visit our Puget Sound Fish exhibit to marvel over these graceful echinoderms—you may find it hard to believe they’re related to sea stars, sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins!
Like many other invertebrates, sea urchins may be vulnerable to increasing acid levels in the ocean. The hard parts of urchins (such as the sea urchin in our photo) are made up of calcite, magnesium-rich calcium carbonate.