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|A minus tide at nearby beach revealed a starfish struggle for prime real estate.|
Sea stars (also known as starfish) are spiny, hard-skinned animals that live on the rocky sea floor. These invertebrates are NOT fish; they are echinoderms. Sea stars move very slowly along the sea bed, using hundreds of tiny tube feet. There are over 2,000 different species of sea stars worldwide. Sea stars are carnivores (meat-eaters). They eat clams, oysters, coral, fish, and other animals. They push their stomach out through their mouth (located on the underside of the sea star) and digest the prey.
Most sea stars have five arms (or a multiple of five) that radiate from a central disk. Sea stars do not have a brain; they have a simple ring of nerve cells that moves information around the body. Eyespots (primitive light sensors) are at the tip of each arm. If a sea star's arm is cut off, it will regenerate (regrow).
Classification: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Echinodermata (echinoderms), Class Asteroidea (sea stars), about 2,000 species.
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Colorful sea stars. Nice capture with very good point of view. Thanks for sharing.
- [2006-04-12 10:50]
This is a funny shot and a very apt title, Evelynn.
Great POV of this tidal pool scene. Very sharp details and wonderful composition. I am really enjoying your sea star series.
They are all amazingly clear and interesting. TFS. : )
When I lived on the Oregon coast, these are the only two colors I thought starfish came in. This is such a nice grouping, clear and good lighting, well done. Makes me miss the ocean, I can almost hear the waves crashing!