Image 1: Basket stars (Gorgonocephalus) SERPENT project (img source)

“These basket stars were observed offshore Norway at the Midnattsol field. They are at the top of a ridge on the seabed at 928m depth using their branched arms for filter feeding in the strong currents.

archive.serpentproject.com/1107/ ”

Image 2: Basket star (Gorgonocephalus) SERPENT project (img source)

“This basket star was observed offshore Norway at the Midnattsol field at 928m depth. You can see a big close-up of this creature at http://www.serpentproject.com/magnify_gorgon.php

archive.serpentproject.com/1107/ ”

Image 3: GorgonocephalusSERPENT project (cc-by-nc-nd)

That second one has its mouth facing up — there are photos out there, but watch out — it’s nightmare fuel! (see also: Sarlacc)

Via this excellent photoessay!
http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-galaxy-class-of-gorgonocephalus.html

(Sarlacc comparison from this post)

Image 1: Basket star (Astroglymma sculptum). Teresa Zubi, 2005 (source

Image 2: Giant Basket Starfish (Astrophyton muricatum) juvenile on Common Sea Fan (Gorgonia ventalina) Belize. Chris Newbert (source)

Image 3: Crystalline Entity encounters the Enterprise-D (comparison made in this excellent photoessay)

More info: http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/gorgonocephalus-because-weird-is-what.html

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis, a species of basket star (starfish) from the Arctic

Photo by John Rix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fathomthis/1795586640/

Basket Star reaching into the void (Gorgonocephalus eucnemis)

Queen Charlotte Strait, BC, 7 Tree Island, 2007

http://www.fathomthis.ca/simple_gallery/print_gallery.html

More info:

http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/gorgonocephalus-because-weird-is-what.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgonocephalus_eucnemis

(I dressed up like a basket starfish last Halloween!)