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Derek Holzapfel on February 4, 2012

Pisaster brevispinus (Giant Pink Star) - This one may break all size records for a sea star. Too bad I did not have a measuring tape, but would estimate 1.5 to 2m tip to tip. My references state that maximum size is 65cm across, which is much smaller than this specimen.

Martin Bring on February 5, 2012

Gangly critter Derek. I don't think I've ever seen a Pink Star until now.. Great shot and clarity. It appears as if your not too far from the surface.. L1


Derek Holzapfel on February 5, 2012

Hi Marty; It was crazy huge; must be radioactive. You are correct, only about 20' deep at this point and the sunshine gave me a bit of light. regards Derek

Scorched Earth Photo… on February 7, 2012

Looks like there was something red colored in the laundry along with your white socks NatureDiver - very unique and rare image !

Renáta Kuss on February 11, 2012

OMG!!! That's amazing, looks like a giant wad of bubblegum! Fantastic size! :O ~≈L&F≈~ Friendly greetings, Renáta

Derek Holzapfel on February 12, 2012

You guys & gals are too funny. Dyed laundry with bubble gum stuck all over. It did not blow me any bubbles though.... yet. Just had my tanks filled and I hope to find it again and take a measurement. I still think it may be the largest ever.

diego_cue on February 23, 2012

wow Derek, I had never seen a star like this one:D Thankx for sharing, what wonderfull animals are down there hehehe

Best regards, diego

Bartolomeo Gorgoglio… on May 18, 2012

absolutely an amazing capture ! They must be a very rare species! Like !!!

Derek Holzapfel on May 19, 2012

Thank you Bartolomeo. Actually, this is a very common star in our waters. But I am convinced that this individual one is the largest ever. Best wishes, Derek

~ Denise Cottin ~ on May 19, 2012

Wow! What fantastic star! You can always try to get your hand in one of the shots for scale. I'm thinking of diving with a toy truck ;)

Derek Holzapfel on May 20, 2012

I like the idea of a toy truck Denise. In the mean time I have added a measuring tape to my dive kit. Now to find this Star again, that will be a challenge. cheers Derek

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  • Uploaded on February 4, 2012
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    by Derek Holzapfel
    • Taken on 2012/02/01 11:09:09
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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