Hawaii Marine Survey Yields Many New Species

Hawaii Marine Survey Yields Many New Species
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This purple sea star was one of the largest and most colorful new species collected by scientists during a recent survey in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

The animal's flamboyant hue and large size—about a foot (a third of a meter) long—suggest that it may have little to fear from predators. And unlike some of its sea-star relatives, this species is active during the day, giving biologists another hint that the creature may have few enemies in the ecosystem.

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