Who's that reaching out from the coral reef of #FlowerGardenBanks National Marine Sanctuary? A sneaky brittle star! Every August, the reef-building corals within the sanctuary put on one of the most abundant spawning displays in the entire Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Each coral species times its gamete (egg and sperm) release to ensure genetic mixing and that coral larvae can disperse over large distances. The gametes also provide a feast for small animals like this brittle star.
. #EarthIsBlue#CoralsWeek#Coral#Corals#BrittleStar#SeaStar#Starfish#Science#Ecology#Ecosystem#GulfOfMexico (Photo: Emma Hickerson/NOAA)
[Image description: Red arms of a brittle star reaching out from beneath a coral to catch coral gametes.]
Here’s a beachy holiday white grapevine wreath with glittery starfish tied with rope. I love love love this classy & elegant beach style wreath. I’m working on another wreath similar to this one but that one still needs a little more work. If you are interested in a beachy holiday wreath, whether its a grapevine or mesh wreath, I can make one with your colors. Comment or PM me. Pls share and follow me on FB @ Alicia’s Unique Boutique. Thank you! #beachwreath#grapevine#grapevinewreath#holidayseason#holidaydecor#beachdecor#seashells#starfish
#DidYouKnow there are more than 2,000 species of starfish?
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Photo by Edwin L. Wisherd | Bathers hold up starfish plucked from the bottom of the sea near Saint John Island, Virgin Islands. This image was originally published in the September 1940 magazine. #ThrowBackThursday#Beach#Starfish