"Pisaster ochraceus is a common starfish found among the waters of the Pacific Ocean. While most individuals are purple, they can be orange, orange-ochre, yellow, reddish, or brown. Their tube feet have suckers on their distal ends which allow them to attach to the rocky substrate and live in heavily wave-swept areas. Many sea stars live to a minimal age of four to six years, but the Pisaster ochraceous could live as long as twenty years."
El Matador is one of three “pocket” beaches that make up the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach area (the other two being El Pescador and La Piedra, both a little farther north). It’s located about 10 miles beyond Malibu along Pacific Coast Highway.