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click for info on pic Starfish are star shaped animals that live in the bottom of the sea. Their family name is "Echinoderm" which includes: Brittle stars, Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumber and Sea Stars.
It's mouth is in the middle of it's body and it's eye's on the end of it's legs. It can grow up to 24 legs. It has spiney skin and that's why it's called an Echinoderm which means "spiney skinned".
To walk it has small tubes like sticky pads which help it walk up rocks or along sand.
Starfish can grow up to 10-30 cm in diameter. There are OVER 100 different types of Starfish, so scientists are still studying hard on them

Interesting Facts:
The Starfish can actually pull open a shell!
If it finds a mussel or other mollusc it pulls open the shell and eats the inside, they do the same with shell fish and scallops.
The Starfish can come up to 3000 members within one area. If a Starfish looses four of it's five legs it can grow them all back.

click for info on pic Food and Eating Habits:
The starfish eats mostly molluscs but it eats sponges, corals and even seaworms!
Predators and defenses:
If a mussel or clam that a Starfish eats is sick or dead the starfish may die and it's very lucky if it lives.
The Starfish live mainly on the bottom of the sea but it also lives in small holes left by other creatures in rocks and coral reefs. The second main place to find Starfish is on coral because the starfish nearly always eats it!

click for info on pic If a Star fish finds a piece of food, such as a muscle, it sends off food signals. Soon, all the Starfish that got the message come and start fighting over the food, like a flock of seagulls with a fish or something.

Breeding/Rearing Young:
When mating season comes all the female starfish send off eggs. The male senses them and sends off sperm. The eggs and sperm join together and make a baby.

The starfish is a very strange creature and many scientists are still studying very hard on them. The starfish can be poisonous

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