During a hectic visit to the California Academy Of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I took this picture of my sister petting a starfish –excuse me, a sea star. (The Steinhart Aquarium –the aquatic section of the Academy– exhibits a tide pool where animals are available for gentle handling.) Only later in the day did I inform my sister that she had been fondling the sea-star’s anus. She asked my why I hadn’t informed her at the time. I suppose I just assumed everyone knows basic sea-star anatomy –that the anus is dorsally located, at the center of the disc. She wasn’t too perturbed. No harm done. But a good reason not to forget the hand sanitizer. And it does go to show that invertebrates are not given their due.
Just an afterthought, but I think Starfish Anus would be an excellent name for a rock band.