Most people are familiar with sea stars, but there is incredible diversity of sea stars in the deep sea and several don’t look anything like their shallow-water relatives. This is a slime star, and if you look really closely through the mucus layer, you can see a shape that may look a little more familiar. Slime stars are found all over the world and have the ability to produce mucus as a defense mechanism.

Most people are familiar with sea stars, but there is incredible diversity of sea stars in the deep sea and several don’t look anything like their shallow-water relatives. This is a slime star, and if you look really closely through the mucus layer, you can see a shape that may look a little more familiar. Slime stars are found all over the world and have the ability to produce mucus as a defense mechanism. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs.

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