There are several scientists at Rothera who study these benthic invertebrates, and they shared some of their animals with me. There are some animals you are probably familiar with: sea stars (or starfish), brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and anemone. There are also other really neat animals that you may not know, like feather stars, sun stars (big sea stars with lots of arms), sea lemons (a type of snail), and nudibranchs (a type of mollusk). You can see many of these animals in these pictures I took from the marine water tanks in the lab.
|Sun star with a feather star in the background|
|Sea star, with a sea cucumber to the right|
|Sea lemon, sea star, and brittle star|