Story: Fiords

Starfish

A group of 11-arm starfish cluster on a cliff face. They are waiting in the salt water, just below the fiord’s top layer of fresh water. These large starfish are rapacious predators of mussels, but cannot survive in the surface layer where the mussels abound. They wait for a few days without rain, when the freshwater layer thins, and venture into the mussel zone to feast until it rains again.

Using this item

Natural History New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Paddy Ryan, 'Fiords - Underwater rock walls and basins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/6336/starfish (accessed 22 October 2020)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 12 Jun 2006