The sea stars of Ucluelet (and one little crab!)

Oodles of tidal pools on the coast.
I just got back from a fabulous camping trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino is usually my port of call when I go, but this time we decided to make the less popular Ucluelet our home base instead. We camped at a private campground (something I very rarely do-I’m a “find a free and private spot somewhere in the woods” kind of girl)  but that’s not too easy to find on the coast.
We woke up at the crack of 5:00 to make the 6:20 ferry to Nanaimo. Yes, 6:20 AM! I’m not a morning person, but I figured we’d have to get up super early even if we wanted to catch the 8:20 ferry so we just suffered the early wake up call.
We lucked out with the beautiful sunshine the first day we got to Ucluelet and spent a few hours exploring the beach in front of our most awesome campsite.. I love beach combing, and I’ve seen my share of sea stars in my life. Well, the tidal pools were chock full of them, and I found a few that I’d never seen before! I’m such a nerd, but it was so exciting!
I found this great website all about the sea stars of the Pacific Northwest while I was trying to figure out what kind of stars the ones I saw were. Check it out for more info!
Your standard, everyday orange sea star. So simple, yet so lovely!

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And then there’s this beauty! Never seen one before in this shape or colour.
I once kept one in a bucket when I was about five years old. It didn’t last long as a pet.
This guys was a little slimy and almost looked poisonous. I touched it anyways, of course! It’s supposed to have five limbs, but this one’s a survivor!
It’s Mr. Crabbs! Arrrrrr matey!
I think this one is called a Bat Star.

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One Response to The sea stars of Ucluelet (and one little crab!)

  1. Anonymous August 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow, that blue star is AMAZING!!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. It really is a special place – I have such great memories of being there before it was even a National Park. We camped right on the beach – it was fantastic.
    xo Mom

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