Image of the Day: Feathery Fireworks

Feather stars, or crinoids, are equipped with at least five colorful arms that aren’t just for show—these marine invertebrates use their picturesque limbs to gather food.  

The Scientist Staff
Jul 4, 2017

Four unidentified crinoids (and one partially hidden lobster) sit atop sea fans in the Meso-American Reef near Roatan, Honduras. 



The Deep Coral and Associated Species Taxonomy and Ecology expedition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captured this image of crinoids at 400 meters below the ocean's surface near Honduras.

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