This gorgeous starfish (or sea star) is a Blue Bat (Asterina pectinifera) found in the waters of Japan. About 1,800 living species of starfish occur in all the world's oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Southern Oceans regions. Image credit: Alexander Semenov pectinifera 1a | by Alexander Semenov
In Christian symbolism the Starfish represents the Virgin Mary (Stella Maris which means Star of the Sea) who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times. The star as well as the Starfish are seen as celestial symbols and as such, they represent infinite divine love.