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Spines in these brittle stars is sharp and often with jagged edges..so capturing something soft-bodied isn't TOO surprising..
squid not escaping the brittle star @ jarvis island, se.#okeanos— soren 💬 (@roomthily) May 6, 2017
oh. oh no. pic.twitter.com/81YLCv6cfj
Yes! Most of us don't think of sea stars OR brittle stars as capturing fast moving or SWIMMING prey! Strangely enough, THIS WAS CAUGHT ONCE BEFORE!!
Once, back in 1996 at the San Francisco International Echinoderm Conference Dr. Steve Stancyk and C. Muir at the University of South Carolina and Dr. Toshihiko Fujita of the National Science Museum in Tokyo presented some fascinating data showing the very abundant deep-sea brittle star Ophiura sarsi capturing and then swarming over and DEVOURING fish and shrimp as they got too close to the abundant carpets of brittle stars on the deep-sea bottom!!! Here was my blog post about back in 2008!
I remember seeing the presentation of this talk at San Francisco State University. The room was Standing Room ONLY! EVERYONE had to see the famous video of the brittle stars capturing swimming prey!!