Bahama sea star at the Blue Heron Bridge, scuba diving

Diving the Blue Heron Bridge Part 2

This is the second of four posts showcasing the incredible life and structure found at the Blue Heron Bridge. If you would like to contribute to species ID or have something to say about your experiences at the Blue Heron Bridge, I welcome you to leave a comment below.

New additions (different from those in the first post) include the filefish, the Bahama Sea Star, a shopping cart, and a boat, among others. You’ll see in an upcoming post an entire graveyard of shopping carts which have become an impressive ecosystem at the bridge.

Filefish remind me of triggerfish. They aren’t very good swimmers, and as you’ll see in the video they sometimes swim with the head aimed downward, awkwardly drifting along. Kinda derpy.

The Bahama Sea Star, a protected species, is the largest sea star of the Atlantic. Interestingly, some sea stars, or starfish, eat by conveying its prey along its arm toward its mouth, located in the center of the star. The stomach, assuming it has one, is extruded  and the food is dissolved with their drooling tummy acid. Mmmm. Here’s a fun article about how different types of sea stars eat as well as what they eat.

The politically correct term is sea star, because they are not fish, but the commonly used term “starfish” still goes and will likely cause less uproar than other incidents of cultural marxism.

Resources

http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.floridagofishing.com/

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