Monday, June 16, 2014

Jefferson Starfish

Unlike the Jefferson Starfish, the West Coast Starfish isn't made up. It is evidently a Keystone species. If this species becomes extinct, it will take a major ocean predator out of the food chain. That will have unknown side effects on all life in the Pacific Ocean.
In this picture you can see the voracious starfish eating a sea gull

Or as KUOW points out " Sea stars are an apex predator in the intertidal zone. They voraciously consume mussels and other shellfish, and they are referred to as a “keystone species,” meaning that, like in any stone building, if you remove the keystone, things start to crumble."

More from Seattle Radio Station KUOW 94.9 FM.  See the video and the article on the subject.

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