Chocolate Chip Sea Star

Friday, June 10, 2016

The beautiful clear waters of Costa Palmas are home to all sorts of marine life if you’re willing to explore.

This May, having spent the previous day snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve, sisters Julie and Margo were eager for more and decided to explore the calm waters right in front of their beachfront Cabana.

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Julie and Margo hard at work. If you look closely, you can just make out their snorkels

Armed with some shiny new snorkel gear and plenty of sunscreen, they emerged victorious after an hour with their haul: a handful of Chocolate Chip Sea Stars.

Protoreaster Nodosus, also known as the Horned Sea Star or the Chocolate Chip Sea Star come in a variety of shapes and colors and live in sheltered sandy waters. They are friendly, fascinating and can grow up to 12 inches in diameter.

The ladies returned their sea stars to where they were found but not before we managed to snap a couple of photos to share with you.

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All smiles after their micro adventure.

You can snorkel all year round at Costa Palmas but for the most ideal sea star hunting conditions, we recommend Spring, Summer and Fall. The sea of Cortes is calm, the water is warm and the weather is superb.