Have you ever seen a feather star swimming/ walking across the ocean floor? It’s quite the thing.
Crinoids feed by filtering small particles of food from the sea water with their feather like arms. The tube feet are covered with a sticky mucus that traps any food that floats past. Once they have caught a particle of food, the tube feet can flick it into the ambulacral groove, where the cilia are able to propel the stream of mucus towards the mouth
Feather Star - Bohol, Philippines
Crinoid Squat Lobster by my mentor Karen Chen
Commensal Crinoid [Featherstar] Shrimp by Rory Ferguson.