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Video by @joelsartore | The moment a finger is laid on these five-armed invertebrates, it becomes obvious why they’re named leather sea stars. Due to the small, feathery sacks on their arms which are used for respiration, this sea star has extremely soft, leathery skin. But that’s not their only nickname! They’re also known as ‘garlic stars’ because, oddly, they omit a distinct garlic scent when they’re removed from the water. Leather sea stars like this one at @aquariumpacific inhabit very low intertidal zones and have been found to have a commensal relationship with scale worms, which can be found living inside the grooves in the sea stars’ tube feet.
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