Friday, May 29, 2009

Did You Know!?

Until I started visiting the aquarium again it never occurred to me that a starfish was an animal, a living creature that eats. Heck, it didn't even occur to me that they moved. And yep, I did say they eat. If you look at the picture below you can see the shell the starfish is absorbing.


The ones below show it eating seaweed. They have two stomachs - one for digesting and the other can be used to reach out and grab and then digest it's food. I read with some star fish, they use their vascular system to open the shell of something like a clam and then inject their stomach into the shell to eat it.


17 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Absolutely stunning shots TB!! Great info too.

2sweetnsaxy said...

SAPhotographs - Thanks Joan! :-)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow This Is Amazing !! What A Wonderfl Capture...

magiceye said...

amazing!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Unsee Rajasthan & Magic Eye - Thank you both. I thought it was pretty amazing too.

Nicole said...

Things we often don't think about. Amazing shots and thanks for the Info :D!

Lynne (aka Gel) said...

Hi S & S,
I studied these in biology but I've never seen such gorgeous photos of them. Well done!

Darla said...

these photos are great...you taught me something this morning.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nicole, Lynne & Darla - Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Ebie said...

Great photos Miss Saxy. I have never seen as detailed as these pictures. I only see the starfish on the shores and never paid any attention.

Martha said...

More unbelievable shots! Excellent captures!

VALKYRIEN said...

Absolutely fantastic shots! Don't see much of these around....And youor closups are really sharp and edgy! Wouldn't want to the one in there....:)

Vicki ~ FL said...

Absolutely wonderful shots!

Have a great day ><((((*>

storyteller said...

Magnificent photos in this sequence (as always I might add)!
Hugs and blessings,

Judy said...

Incredible photos! I was kind of afraid digesting would be icky, but these are so pretty!! Sort of filmy!
And no, I never thought about how they ate, either!

The Right Blue said...

Very nicely done -- and of course I'm charmed that you are learning about some ocean critters. ;-)

Bobbie

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.