This stunning video of a feather star is a reminder of just how wonderful and majestic the creatures of the sea can
be. Like a special holiday ornament, the feather star have been around for a few New Year’s celebrations — over 200 million of them to be exact.
“Feather stars are thought of as living fossils,” says Tomasz K. Baumiller, a professor of paleontology at the University of Michigan. “They have a tremendous diversity that traces its roots deep down in the geological past.”
Not all feather stars can swim and its quite a treat to see one if they do. This video was captured by pro diver Els van den Eijnden from the Netherlands and is shot in Thailand.
Feather stars can be a variety of spectacular colors, from deep reds to vibrant oranges and electrifying yellows. Each arm can be up to a foot long.
Described by scientists as living fossils, these mesmerizing invertebrates date back about 200 million years.
Posted by National Geographic on Monday, November 27, 2017