6-rayed Sea Star Spawning


The Leptasterias hexactis or 6-rayed sea star, started spawning this morning after a partial water change at the Padilla Bay Aquarium! Leptasterias stars are unique in that the males will broadcast spawn their sperm into the water colum, and the females brood the fertilized eggs near their stomachs. The development of juvenile leptasterias stars takes approximately 40 days- so come volunteer at the Interpretive Center to help us track this developing love saga between our sea stars.