All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Ochre Sea Star</strong>
<em>Pisaster ochraceus</em>
Sea Stars are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sand dollars, they are echinoderms, meaning "spiny skinned". They move about on tiny tube feet and they have to breathe through their...
Ochre Sea Star
Pisaster ochraceus
Sea Stars are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sand dollars, they are echinoderms, meaning "spiny skinned". They move about on tiny tube feet and they have to breathe through their skin. Sea Stars eat mussels, scallops, clams and other mollusks by grasping the shells and slowly pulling them apart. When they get a small opening between the shells, the sea star pushes its stomach out of its' mouth and into the mollusk. The stomach digests the animal out of the shell, leaving just the empty shells behind.
Sea stars can regenerate lost body parts. If one loses a leg, it will grow another. Sometimes a lost leg may even grow a new sea star!

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