Sunday, 29 July 2012

Macro Monday - Blue Starfish

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.
You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.
You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.
Enjoy the close ups.

24 comments:

Andrea said...

Hahaha, we don't need to go to the Great Barrier Reef to see that. In our shores here we have them too. By the way, i once saw a big abalone on a rock near the shore in Newcastle, NSW. Isn't it supposed to be seen deeper in the water.

Fun60 said...

What a bright blue. When I first saw the picture without reading your post (hadn't put the glasses on)I wondered why you had drawn a starfish with a felt pen! Dumb or what! Special underwater camera?

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Looks like a childs nerf toy. But I too like Fun60 first thought you drew in a blue mark for some reason.

TexWisGirl said...

really cool! bright!

Sylvia K said...

What an amazingly bright color!! Terrific capture, Stewart!!

heyBJK said...

Wow! Even with all the starfish I've seen on television programs, I've never seen one that blue before. That's pretty cool, Stewart!

Robin said...

Stewart, great captures! Lovely underwater shots!

Shirley said...

Oh that is a beautiful color starfish. I had to show my husband, he loves marine life. We have a salt water tank and boy would this look wonderful sitting on the bottom. What lovely photo's..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That really is amazing! I've never seen one so blue! I'm visiting from Red Shouldered hawks blog!

Pat Tillett said...

Nice photos! We lot's of starfish around here, but no blue ones! They are kind of whimsical looking...

Valerie said...

Fabulous colour Stewart - seems almost too blue to be true doesn't it? (but I'm not casting aspersions!). Nature continually surprises and astounds. Thanks for sharing.

Carole M. said...

oh would've been really great to see this; had you taken the photos through a glass-bottom boat Stewart?

Kateri said...

Oh, my goodness. I thought it was a stuffed toy or something. That is an amazing bright blue. Very interesting post.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow! I am used to you showing birds I've never heard of, but now you add a starfish.... that is just beautiful!!!

Linda said...

That is a new one for me - I love the bright color. It certainly would be hard to miss!

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Stewaet.
Great pictures you show.
Have never seen / read about a blue starfich.
Hanne Bente

Birgitta said...

I like your blue starfish! Great photos!

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely photos - the beautiful starfish really is the star of this post!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Excellent photography per usual and the blue starfish is amazing to me ~~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

Gunilla said...

Interesting shots. That blue really is amazing.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

"bluer than cheap jeans" - I had to lol at that! What a great find this starfish was. He really does stand out!

edenhills said...

That is such an amazing bright blue!

Arija said...

That is a superb royal blue. Enough to put a huge smile on anyone's face. What a pity I never saw one when we were up there.

The Bear's Blog said...

Hello,

I just found your Blog from Lavender Dreamer.

The Blue Starfish is amazing.