|Little Cushion Star - Asterina phylactica|
Starfish or Sea Star
Second Fair Isle Record in photo
Second, Third and Fourth Records - July 4th 2011
I was catching stuff and rockpooling by myself while Dad was working in his art studio at the lighthouse. I was so excited when I found my second Little Cushion Star! It had been over 2 years ago I found my first and I go tidepooling all the time. I ran back screaming to show my Dad. Dad was frozen when he saw it and then said AWESOME! and took some photos. It was laying eggs! I went back to look for more. Dad said leave them there if you find more... and I did! 2 more! I was so happy.
The next day Nick wanted to see where I found them? So Dad, Nick and I all went back to the tidepool at low tide and we found a whole breeding colony! 20 or more Little Cushion Stars. I needed Dad to move the big rocks and we all said well done to each other. We wondered if it has anything to do with global warming?
I can't beleave that they live here now, not just one lost in the currents of the Sea an Ocean.
|This is the tidepool I found them in.|
Southlighthouse - Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK.
|Checked all the other tidepools with my Dad, |
oddly this is the only tidepool we could find them in?
|They can be hard to find! Can you see all 4 on the bottom of this rock?|
also recently I found some baby Lumpsuckers (Lumpfish)
and a baby Squat Lobster both new tidepool finds for me!It's brilliant to have no school! I have more time to explore and find things.
|Tiny Squat Lobster|