A chocolate chip sea starApologies if I am not seeing the damage, but to me, the polyps looked closed up nice and tight. Is that your assessment, too? Or is there tissue missing and/ or damaged polyps we can't quite see in the photos?
If so, they do that when irritated or disturbed. For instance, mine do that when the snails plow on by or crabs pick at its base for algae. It is also guaranteed to do that when I take pipe cleaners to it to gently scrub away algae growing in the recesses. What kind of sea star do you have?
It takes a day or even a few for my GSPs to start poking out again. I'm not sure about others, but mine certainly don't like to be disturbed and they take much longer to show themselves once disturbed than their tank mates.
Eek! Those are beauties, though. I hope your GSP pulls through!A chocolate chip sea star
The first time chip got a hold of it it looked like the polyps tucked in but later that part of the Matt pealed off.
He couldn’t have been on it for more than 2 hours this time