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:: Coastal Life - A Selection of the Best
A gallery devoted to photos of coastal marine life, including coastal fish, molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, anemones, bryozoans and many other groups.

The photos below are a select few from our Coastal life gallery - to view the complete collection please visit the Coastal Life Gallery

Starfish
Starfish tube feet (Pentagonaster)
The underside of a starfish (Pentagonaster) showing the tubefeet.
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Bull kelp
Bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica)
Dense underwater forest of bull kelp, Durvillaea antarctica, on the exposed and often turbulent west coast of the subantarctic Auckland Islands, New Zealand.
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Red whalefeed
Red whalefeed (Munida gregaria)
Red whalefeed, Munida gregaria. This species is an important prey animal for many seabirds, marine mammals, and fish around New Zealand.
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Starfish
Starfish (Odontaster validus)
Group of red starfish, Odontaster validus, feeding on the shallow seafloor under the sea ice near Ross Island, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The temperature of the seawater is minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, the freezing point of seawater.
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Midget octopus
Midget Octopus (Octopus huttoni)
The midget octopus, Octopus huttoni, is common on the shelf and upper continental slope around New Zealand. It has a very painful bite and has a reputation for being quite aggressive for its size.
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Ghost shrimp
Ghost shrimp (Callianassa filholi)
Sexual dimorphism in ghost shrimp. Males and females differ markedly, the right claw of the male being greatly enlarged.
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Ghost shrimp
Ghost shrimp (Callianassa filholi)
Resembling an aquatic scorpion, this ghost shrimp has gathered up a ball of sand in its claws in preparation for burying itself in the sand.
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Pacific bobtail squid
Pacific Bobtail squid (Sepioloidea pacifica)
During the day, bobtail squids lie buried in the sand, waiting for night when they will leave the bottom and hunt plankton in mid-water.
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View the complete collection in our Coastal Life Gallery


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