Back in May my photography group took a field trip to Tarpon Springs FL. The Tarpon Springs area for years has been known for harvesting natural sponges. The quaint downtown has numerous gift shops that sell sponges along with other beauties from the nearby gulf waters.
A basket filled with Starfish caught my eye and when looking through my files decided to convert it to a Black and White image. The different textures and details popped with the conversion.
Looking on line for information about Starfish I discovered scientists would prefer they be called Sea Stars. They are not fish but are an echinoderm and are closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. Amazingly there are over 2000 species in the oceans. The five-arm variety as shown is the most common, but some species have 10, 20 and 40 arms!