With nicknames like the 13-Arm Hammerlock, or Cannibal Sun Star, this rare but aggressive Dawson's Sun Star (solaster dawsoni) even looks menacing, or maybe more like a creepy character from Pirates of the Caribbean. And it also dines on other starfishes.
The above photo was recently taken off the shores of Big Sur, along the central coast of California, during a Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary field project.
The Dawson's Sun Star has no natural enemies--except itself--henceforth, that cannibal nickname.
|A Dawson's Sun Star devouring another starfish.|