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Wisdom Wednesday | Starfish

Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday 06/09/2021

Image of a starfish in the ocean by @joeshenouda on Instagram.

Photo by @joeshenouda

Starfish can live for up to 35 years in the wild. They vary in size from one centimeter to 65 centimeters depending on the species. There are 1,600 species of starfish throughout oceans around the world and different species live in habitats including tidal pools, rocky shores, sea grass, kelp beds, and coral reefs. The majority of starfish species have five arms, although certain species can grow up to 50 arms. These creatures have no brain and no blood. Starfish have eye spots on the ends of their arms that allow them to find food and sense light and dark. Starfish move using pincer-like organs and suckers that are located on the undersides of their arms. In order to eat, a starfish will attach itself to its prey and move its stomach out through its mouth to begin to digest the food. Starfish are also able to regenerate damaged or broken limbs. Some will even break off their own limbs to escape a predator attack. However, limbs may take up to a year to regrow.

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