This is awesome! This was found on the beach of Tanjung Rhu yesterday! I got off the boat and spotted this starfish in the water.
Below picture is showing the underside of the starfish. Notice the tube feet.
According to the locals, Tanjung Rhu once had a abundance of corals and sea stars many years ago. Those were the days before the five-star resorts were developed on this beach. A large amount of sand were dredged from the sea and thus reducing the population of these precious sea creatures eventually.
What did I do with this creature in the end? I got back to the boat and instructed my skipper to take me to the middle of the ocean. I said bye and dropped it there. I hope I did the right thing.