Scientists captured a ‘ravioli’ starfish on camera that looks just like the stuffed pasta
Scientists have captured a starfish ravioli in front of the camera that looks like stuffed noodles
Sthenaster Emmae is a bit strange. The starfish species was first described in 2010 on the basis of three museum specimens, two of which were dried and one preserved in ethanol. It’s one thing to watch a dead starfish and another to watch it finally alive and nibble it in its natural habitat.
The ship’s crew Okeanos Explorer Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was delighted to discover the Sthenaster Emmae in the Atlantic Ocean.
“It was the first time he was seen alive!” Chris Mah, Smithsonian starfish expert, published on Thursday in a NOAA blog.
“It was thought that this species was a predator of coral when I described it from fragments found in the intestines, but we now have strong evidence that this species feeds on a primoid octocora,” Mah said. This pretty much confirms the star’s preference for eating soft corals.
NOAA’s NOAA Windows to the Deep mission focuses on the documentation of largely unexplored deepwater areas off the southeastern coast of the United States.
Sthenaster Emmae was not the only fascinating starfish that remote cameras found during the mission. The team also documented a starfish nicknamed “biscuit” or “ravioli” because of its similarity to stuffed noodles.
Windows to the Deep is expected to last until July 12th. So far, it was truly a mission filled with stars