Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Sunflower Star
Star, Pycnopodia helianthoides, is found on a variety of subtidal bottoms and
in extremely low intertidal zones from Unalaska Island, Alaska, to Baja
California, Mexico. The largest, heaviest, and quickest moving sea star, it
measures up to 90 cm in diameter. Color ranges from orange to purplish.