The starfish belongs to the phylum of echinoderms;they are cousins of sea urchins and inhabit all the oceans around the world. Most starfish have five limbs but some species can have up to 50! The appearance of the limbs varies between species, some have well-developed arms and others have limbs so short they look like pads. Starfish spend the day in search of food, and their favourite prey are sea urchins and mussels.
Starfish have the ability to open the shells of mussels due to the strength of their arms, and they evert their stomachs from their mouths so as to digest molluscs externally. Starfish have a significant regenerative capacity: if they lose a limb they are able to grow another one just like it!
Things to Do
- Have a go a touching one of our starfish over at our touch pool
- You might even be brave enough to hold one yourself
- Feel free to ask our staff any question you might have about these creatures
- Don't forget to spot the baby ones - so cute!