Monday, 16 February 2015

The Hazards with 11 Armed Seastar

The Hazards are the range of coastal hills the form one edge of Coles Bay in Tasmania.  They were named after an American sealer who worked the area.  The Hazards form the spine of the Freycinet Peninsula and ether is a great walk up the flat topped hill on the middle - Mt. Amos.  Picture of that will appear soon.

They are, to say the least, scenic!



Despite its rather exotic look, the seastar in the foreground is a native species.  On the day we went for a walk along this beach we found three or four of these strange animals.  They seemed healthy enough, with many waving tube feet.  Interestingly, they were be studiously avoided by the local gulls - maybe they taste bad!

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful scene and I love the seastar! Great photos, have a happy week!

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  2. Great shots low angle with sea star in foreground. You hiked up the mountain?? Must be younger then me.

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  3. cool creatures. They can lose a lot of tentacles and keep going.

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  4. Great photo of the sun star, I saw one similar last summer.

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  5. Or maybe they just don't like all those wriggling feet. Yuck!

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  6. My goodness, Tasmania here I come. This looks like a great place ... and why is it that the beaches are so barren. Where are all the people? Your little blue crabs and Sea stars are amazing ... maybe the sea star has a sting to it ... care to find out? Our National Geographic (Nat Geo, now that everything has to be abbreviated) just had a two night series on Animals of Australia. It was quite amazing and I felt pretty good because I saw many things that I was already familiar with ... thanks to you :) Australia is at the top of my Bucket List, but I will be going to Thailand first for my son is married to a young lady from there (as of last Saturday) and they are going back to have a Thai Wedding with her family next year. My friend and I discussed going to Australia on the same trip until we started seeing the flashing dollar signs in our head. But, it is the next adventure for sure :)Great posts, Stewart ... you are the best!

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  7. I'm curious why the locals avoided them!?

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  8. Wow - simple yet gorgeous shots.

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  9. Hi Stewart,
    What a wonderful images of this starfish.
    It is a huge starfish, so large they are not here.
    Best regards, Irma

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  10. Terrific images indeed, Stewart, as always!! I've never seen one of these, but then they may not even live in this area! Really interesting, I'm going to see what I can find out some more about them!! Have a great week!!

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  11. Great shots of seastar in the foreground, and the long stretch of sand to the Hazard hills.

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  12. I'm impressed with how clean the beach is - no driftwood, rubbish, plastics or even seashells.

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  13. Pretty beach..Maybe the Seastars have stingers or something in those tubes??? :)

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  14. The scene is indeed beautiful, Stewart. The sea stars do look very exotic!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful place and wonderful photography ~ love starfish!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  16. Beautiful scenery! The seastar is impressive!

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  17. I've never seen a seastar with so many legs!

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  18. the hazards are beautiful. I love your images of the sea star. maybe they are poisonous.

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  19. What a wonderful images of this starfish. Love those!

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  20. that is one great photo....really eye catching...I am so curious about these seastars. Can they move on the sand. I have to look them up.

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  21. So cool!! We don't have anything like that in Finland! :D

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  22. It´s a beautiful place and very good images. Wish I had been there too. :)

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  23. One always thinks of seastars as having six legs. These are very interesting! Love the exotic look of the scenery too.

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  24. After multiple family circumstances have kept me away from blog reading for a week or more, I'm being introduced to all kinds of wonderful things today during my catch up!
    11 Armed Seastar... fantastic! Its background surroundings are not shabby either!!

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