06 Jun '12, 7am

The Annotated Budak: Changi beached by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Changi beached by @budak

Changi is no stronghold for asteroids, but the shore still harbours the odd Protoreaster as well as a sprinkling of armoured confections and spiny sand stars . The latter, though paper thin, are covered with miniature pillars or paxillae that lubricate, as it were, the animals' swift passage through loose grains. The other stars, which dwell in the open, are defended by flexible plates and in a few species, prehensile pedicellariae. Their most visible soft parts are the tube feet that protrude from the ambulacral grooves, but individuals completely immersed and in a state of repose extrude a battery of respiratory papulae from their aboral surface. These transparent, finger-like extensions of the animals' soft parts instantly withdraw when touched, but the outfit, though close-fitting and equipped with a safety valve , is far from being watertight. It's a hint too subtle t...

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