I expected that the Great Barrier Reef would be bright, but I have to say I was pretty shocked when more or less the first thing I saw was a bright blue star fish.And as you can see it’s not blue in a pale washed out sort of way, it (they!) were bluer than cheap jeans.
The common name of this star fish is The Blue Starfish (!) and its scientific name is Linckia laevigat. In the end we saw quite a few of these wonderful animals.They are not much bigger across than an adults hand, but they are smaller than the smiles they create in kids!
This is the first of my special “reef week” posts – more to come.