Unknown Sea Star 2

Unknown Sea Star 2 (possibly Henricia sp.?)

An unidentified sea star (possibly Henricia sp.) near one of the vents during a dive to the International District. It remained next to the chimney, despite the heat exuded by the vent plume. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive J2-1381; V21.

This species is also fairly common, seen lounging on the basaltic lavas of Axial. Its long, spiny arms are similar to those sea stars in the Zoroaster Genus.