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One of the main reasons to go night diving is, obviously, to see things you won’t see during the day.  One such example is the feeding behavior of the Giant Basket Star (Astrophyton muricatum). This creature, in the Phylum Echinodermata, is a relation to the sea star. During the day, these animals protect themselves by folding their arms into a tight ball. But, at night, they unfurl, revealing their complicated, branching tendril-like arms. They climb to an exposed point and, like a more portable version of a sea fan coral, orient themselves to catch what is floating by in the prevailing current. This one was seen while scuba diving at the “Pinnacle” Dive Site of Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands on the evening of July 3, 2013.

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