Starfish Facts - Starfish Information
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starfish facts Here are some Starfish Facts and Information. We have answers to many questions about starfish.

During one of our visits to Martha's Vineyard, we stumbled upon a natural starfish habitat in Menemsha. Scroll down below the facts about starfish to find out more...

While starfish are often called starfish, they are known to many as sea stars and scientists are attempting to convert folks to calling them sea stars because they are not fish and are more closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.

Here are some facts:

  • They are classified as Echinoderms and are radially symmetrical
  • They are an Invertebrate, meaning they lack a spinal column
  • They are bottom dwellers and are typically found near rocky areas
  • They are carnivores and eat clams, oysters and fish
  • They have a mouth in the center of their underside and they pushh their stomach out through this opening to connect with food and digest it
  • They have an eye-like structure at the tip of each leg which can sense changes in light
  • They can regrow legs
  • They are typically between 4 inches and 12 inches in diameter
  • They can live up to 35 lives
  • They cannot survive in fresh water, they require salt or brackish water


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