Starfish - the Carpet Sea Star (Patiriella calcar) by Michael John

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As a kid, I loved exploring rock pools and finding all kinds of weird creatures. My favourite were the starfish. I don’t see as many these days.

Patiriella calcar, commonly known as Carpet Sea Star or Cushion Sea Star or Eight-armed Sea Star, is an Australian species of sea star.

This colourful critter was captured in a rock pool at Maroubra near Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon G12.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 2 years ago

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Nice work Michael.

  • Thanks Warren

    – Michael John

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 2 years ago

    Wow. That’s so colorful! Great capture Michael.

  • Thanks for the comment and fave Sheryl

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great find and shot. It’s a complicated looking fish.

  • lol – thanks for the fave

    – Michael John

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Very colourful Michael and unlike any I have ever seen. As you say there don’t seem to be as many these days … it is rare to find one for my grandchildren to see :(

  • Yes, there were a whole lot in one rockpool. Was great to see.

    – Michael John

  • anneisabella
    anneisabellaover 2 years ago

    nice shot, love the colours

  • Thanks!

    – Michael John

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 2 years ago

    how beautiful

  • Thank you

    – Michael John

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thank you

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

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