INVASION OF THE SEA STARS

End of March 17, SEA LIFE Blankenberge opened a new temporary exhibition called 'SEA STARS'. Stand eye to eye with the crown-of-thorns starfish. The long, sharp spines on the sides of the starfish's arms and upper (aboral) surface resemble thorns and create a crown-like shape, giving the creature its name. The spines are stiff and very sharp, and readily pierce through soft surfaces.

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Crown-of-thorns starfish

  Did you know that Crown-of-thorns starfish has elongated sharp spines covering nearly the entire upper surface of the crown-of-thorns serve as a mechanical defense against large predators. It also has a chemical defense.

Horned sea star

P. nodosus possess rows of spines or "horns"; black conical points arranged in a single row, radially on the dorsal side, which may erode and become blunt.

Glacial starfish

It is a large starfish, generally between 30 and 40 cm but can reach up to 80 cm in diameter. The colors of her dress are extremely variable, depending on her habitat and her age.

Crown-of-thorns starfish

  Did you know that Crown-of-thorns starfish has elongated sharp spines covering nearly the entire upper surface of the crown-of-thorns serve as a mechanical defense against large predators. It also has a chemical defense.

Crown-of-thorns starfish

  Did you know that Crown-of-thorns starfish has elongated sharp spines covering nearly the entire upper surface of the crown-of-thorns serve as a mechanical defense against large predators. It also has a chemical defense.

Horned sea star

P. nodosus possess rows of spines or "horns"; black conical points arranged in a single row, radially on the dorsal side, which may erode and become blunt.

Horned sea star

P. nodosus possess rows of spines or "horns"; black conical points arranged in a single row, radially on the dorsal side, which may erode and become blunt.

Glacial starfish

It is a large starfish, generally between 30 and 40 cm but can reach up to 80 cm in diameter. The colors of her dress are extremely variable, depending on her habitat and her age.

Glacial starfish

It is a large starfish, generally between 30 and 40 cm but can reach up to 80 cm in diameter. The colors of her dress are extremely variable, depending on her habitat and her age.

You won't just find yourself eye to eye with different species of starfish at this temporary exhibition. You can also see very closely how starfish eat their food. Or discover the strength of these sea creatures. Yes, they can do big thing even if they are slow. 

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WOW!

The vast social agglomerations can be advantageous in enabling the brittle stars to filter feed in fast moving currents which would otherwise sweep them away.

WOW!

At this temporary exhibition, discover how much strength a seastar has even if they are slow. They are capable of big things.

WOW!

As these stars live on the sandy bottoms not far from the beaches and are provided with bright colors, they are one of the symbols of the tropical beaches of the Indo-Pacific. But this success costs them: they are often harvested and dried for decorative or commercial reasons, which has led locally to a collapse of their populations in recent years.

WOW!

The vast social agglomerations can be advantageous in enabling the brittle stars to filter feed in fast moving currents which would otherwise sweep them away.

WOW!

The vast social agglomerations can be advantageous in enabling the brittle stars to filter feed in fast moving currents which would otherwise sweep them away.

WOW!

At this temporary exhibition, discover how much strength a seastar has even if they are slow. They are capable of big things.

WOW!

At this temporary exhibition, discover how much strength a seastar has even if they are slow. They are capable of big things.

WOW!

As these stars live on the sandy bottoms not far from the beaches and are provided with bright colors, they are one of the symbols of the tropical beaches of the Indo-Pacific. But this success costs them: they are often harvested and dried for decorative or commercial reasons, which has led locally to a collapse of their populations in recent years.

WOW!

As these stars live on the sandy bottoms not far from the beaches and are provided with bright colors, they are one of the symbols of the tropical beaches of the Indo-Pacific. But this success costs them: they are often harvested and dried for decorative or commercial reasons, which has led locally to a collapse of their populations in recent years.