Basket Sea Star, Cuba - Photograph by Brian J. Skerry. The complexly branched arms of the basket sea star, or starfish, catch plankton for the echinoderm. Sea Stars, Baskets Sea, Inspiration, National Geographic, Texture, Art, Nature Pattern, Fractals, Pattern In Nature
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Sea Star’s Back Photograph by Tim Laman, National Geographic A close-up reveals the backside of a sea star in Indonesian waters. Looking for all the world like an aboriginal painting, the sea star’s patterning is a wonderful work of art. This star boasts a full complement of five arms but it may not always keep them. When grabbed by a predator, the sea star can simply lose a limb and later grow a replacement. In fact, some species can grow a new body from just a single severed limb...