By Ben Walley
These cheeky starfish were caught in the act as they mated in the depths of the sea in Puget Sound, Washington.
It was William Drumm, 31, who caught the loved up Giant Sunflower Starfish on camera while he was scuba diving.
The professional photographer and filmmaker couldn’t believe what he was seeing when he came in for a closer look.
He said: “It’s probably the ocean invertebrates that are the weirdest, especially octopus and jellyfish. These are Giant Sunflower Starfish, (Pycnopodia helianthoides), which can grow several feet wide.
“While scuba diving in Puget Sound in Seattle, I saw the starfish from afar and when I came in to inspect it I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!
“Sperm and eggs were oozing from the animals, looking like a white film coming off of them. Immediately after, I saw the single Sunflower star, oozing even more of the gametes into the water column.
“These animals were once plentiful in Seattle, but after a giant die-off of starfish, they are much more difficult to find.”