Machias Community Church

Day of the Crinoids 

Posted by Pastor Ron Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:00:00 AM

I remember reading a Sci-Fi book as a kid called 'The Day of the Triffids'.   It was about giant plants that could walk and were roaming around attacking people with poisonous whip like appendages and then eating them.  This task was made much easier by the blindness...  wait....  I shouldn't spoil it.  You might want to read it for yourself.  (But trust me, you really don't.)

Back to reality.  If it walks (or swims) it probably isn't a plant even if it looks like one.  Take the Crinoid know as the Feather Star.  This particular variety looks very much like an underwater fern.

But it not only walks, it swims!  And it lashes out at blinded scuba divers with its poisonous arms and then eats them.  OK, that last sentence is a joke.

Here is a peek under the Feather Stars arms.  Those are tiny legs and it can indeed amble about on them.  However it moves much faster swimming as shown in the video below.

  Kinda creepy really.