Physical Description

The Sunflower sea star boasts up to 24 arms, each with a radius measuring between 40 and 60 cm. Its coloration is predominantly bluish-purple with reddish-orange highlights. Unlike other sea stars, its body is notably softer and more flexible.


Commonly found on rocks, sand, or mud, the Sunflower sea star is one of the largest and most active sea stars along the Pacific coast.

Geographical Range

This species ranges from Alaska to San Diego, though it is less common south of Monterey.


As a generalist predator and scavenger, the Sunflower sea star feeds on a variety of prey, including motile invertebrates.