The eye spot on one of the arms of a Blue bat star, Patiria pectinifera, found in the northern Pacific Ocean along the coasts of Japan, China and Russia. In literature, this species is often referred to Asterina pectinifera; the accepted name is now Patiria pectinifera. Photographed just off Zhifu Island (Chinese: 芝罘島), Shandong Province, China, byt the Bohai Sea, that is the inner part of the Yellow Sea where both the Yellow River and Hai He flow into.
Conservation: The Yellow Sea is one of the most threatened marine areas on earth. Land reclamation has destructed more than 60% of tidal wetlands in only 50 years. Rapid coastal development for agriculture, aquaculture and industrial.development are primary drivers of coastal destruction in the region. In addition pollution, harmful algal blooms, invasion of introduced species are having a negative effect. There are 25 intentionally introduced species and 9 unintentionally introduced species in the Yellow Sea marine ecosystem.
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- Shandong - Coast and underwater wildlife