linckia laevigata

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Here’s to the best and last trip of 2015! A big mahalo to my mentor Dr. Goodwil, Bastian the coolest post doc from the Smithsonian, Harry the radest and bad ass dive guide, and Stau one of my best friends/ research partner. Thankful for all that I’ve learned in that short but sweet week. I love what I do and I can’t wait to continue to learn more about our beautiful oceans. 

Linckia laevigata (Blue starfish, Blue linckia or Blue star). While most are blue this sea star has color morphs in aqua, purple and orange variations. The lightness or darkness of the spots may also vary. Like most species of sea stars Linckias are capable of regenerating lost appendages.