Photo album:

Stars Shine Bright in the Deep Ocean: Asteroidea of the Lili'uokalani Ridge

With bright colors and diverse shapes, these voracious predators are the stars of the show in the deep ocean.  Members of the phylum Echinodermata, class Asteroidea, sea stars are characterized by their radial symmetry, rough exterior, and many tube feet.  Despite the absence of a brain, these invertebrates are capable of complex coordination for movement and feeding.  Admire the stars of expedition Luʻuaeaahikiikekumu in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument for views of some unique behaviors witnessed on these never before seen peaks.


Album compiled by Science Communication Fellow Christopher Clauss

(Taxonomic identification is preliminary and guided by v3 of the NOAA Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide)