WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A photo of a starfish that seems to have full buttocks was posted on Twitter by a user named @BaybyShoujo.
- The photo has quickly gone viral with commenters pointing out its resemblance to ‘Patrick Star’ of the show ‘SpongeBob Squarepants.’
- Experts say starfish are not fish and what seemed to be a butt is actually not a butt. Sea Stars have centrally located anus, but they don’t have buttocks.
Twitter user @Babyshoujo posted on June 30 a photo of a starfish showcasing a seemingly full butt with a caption: “Saw a thicc ass starfish at the aquarium today.”
Saw a thicc ass starfish at the aquarium today 😌 pic.twitter.com/NwF0xYabHQ
— あかり(AKARI) (@Babyshoujo) June 30, 2019
The sea star clung to a rock in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
The photo has quickly gone viral with hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets. Many commenters have compared the starfish to ‘Patrick Star’ from the TV show ‘SpongeBob Squarepants.’
With the sea star’s color and rounded bottom, it actually looked like it was ‘Patrick Star’ in real life. But, experts were quick to correct, what seemed to be the animal’s behind is not at all what it seemed to be.
The animal is called Vermilion sea star (Mediaster aequalis). Its kind is known for their vivid red-orange color and the symmetry of their five fingers. According to the Georgia Aquarium, they can be found near low-tide lines and on the rocky sea bottom in the eastern Pacific Ocean, with their range extending from Baja California north to Alaska. They belong to the family of sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins, which are called Echinoderms.
And though they are most often referred to as ‘starfish,’ they are not at all fish. And no, they don’t have ‘butts.’
Though they have anus located in the middle of their body, they don’t have buttocks like ‘Patrick Star’ does in the cartoon show. What was captured in the photo are contracted muscles of its arms as it tries to grip the rock, curator of fish and invertebrates at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Nate Jaros, told USA Today.
This is not the first time that the internet was intrigued by the wonders of nature and its illusions. In March, a white-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia) in Finland’s Korkeasaari Zoo, named Bea, appeared to be heavily muscular with rounded biceps. Spoiler as it is, the bulk is actually just fluffy fur.
Source: Live Science