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An unusual plankton here, the starfish larva body is the transparent  part, while the orange is the juvenile starfish or Luidia sarsi. It  detaches from the body and sinks to the floor while the leftover body  keeps swimming with plankton until it dies.

 This is so weird, the leftover bit (a.k.a the larval bipinnaria stage) STAYS ALIVE! I had to look it up on Wikipedia and then read that three times before I believed it. Echinoderms…you so crazy!

An unusual plankton here, the starfish larva body is the transparent part, while the orange is the juvenile starfish or Luidia sarsi. It detaches from the body and sinks to the floor while the leftover body keeps swimming with plankton until it dies.

┬áThis is so weird, the leftover bit (a.k.a the larval bipinnaria stage) STAYS ALIVE! I had to look it up on Wikipedia and then read that three times before I believed it. Echinoderms…you so crazy!