Bat Stars | ©Jordan Manley  (Burnaby Narrows, Haida Gwaii, North Coast of British Columbia, Canada)

Bat star, Patiria miniata (Valvatida - Asterinidae), Syn. Asterina miniata, is a species of sea star with varying coloration, most commonly reddish-orange or mottled white, but can be found in a variety of colors and patterns. They usually have five, sometimes four to nine, short, triangular arms. They have a radius of about four inches and have radial symmetry [1].

The Bat star is typically omnivorous feeding on a wide variety of plants and animals. Bat stars are common among rocks overgrown with surfgrass, larger algae, sponges, and bryozoans. It is also found in the low intertidal zone and the subtidal zone to 290 m.

This species occurs along the Pacific coast of North America, from Sitka, Alaska, to Baja California, and Islas de Revillagigedo, Mexico [2].

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Yarasa yıldızı, Patiria miniata ve mor deniz kestanesi, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus.
Resimdeki şirinlikler Yarasa yıldızı (Patiria miniata) ve mor deniz kestanesi (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus). Pasifik okyanusu yakınlarında Kuzey Amerika civarında bulunurlar. Deniz kestanemiz 10 santime kadar büyüyebilirken 70 yıla kadar yaşayabilir.
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This late night visitor was out back messing around in my tiny pond.  It was totally unafraid of me.  They live in the canyon near me and raid the houses looking for snacks.  I put some cat food out so he would hold still for a picture.  

Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are mammals in the order Carnivora, hence enjoy dining on cat food.  This raccoon also had a disturbing hankering for foam rubber, as it chewed up the foam rubber floats in my pond when I had them to keep the floating plants in the area with sun light.  At the Birch Aquarium, they were sneaking into the semi-outdoor holding area for the animals used in the teaching classes, and chewing on the bat stars (Patiria miniata) and then discarding the poor, mutilated sea stars on the dry floor.  Seems like they will chew on a lot of things, just to see if they’re edible.