Yesterday I walked from work to the foot ferry. I was just hanging out waiting for the ferry to show up. Looking at the pilings, I noticed it was low tide. I was looking out over Sinclair Inlet when I overheard a conversation behind me.
"What is that pink thing on the piling? An octopus?"
"That thing with five legs? It's a starfish"
"That pink thing - right there....."
"It's a starfish!"
A person can frequently see starfish attached to the pilings at low tide. Being able to count appendages and know marine species - that's another story.