18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Open up

A huge Sea Basket Star that comes out of its hiding place at night stands tall on top of the coral reef. This nocturnal creature is stretching its arms and "opening up" against the currents to feed by filtering tiny particles from the water

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Eilat, Israel
Camera: ILCE-7RM3
Copyright: © Tom Shlesinger