Monday, July 30, 2012

Beauty of a Star Fish

Even though this was a great day we still had time to save a star fish. 

Juan Pablo, a 7 year old smart boy, brought an awesome star fish to my attention. He mentioned to me that the star fish looked very sad and I asked him "why?", he said the star fish and other sea creatures in the sea are sad all because of the trash in the water. This conversation lasted about 5-7 minutes long... it was very interesting and it was cool to recognize that such a young boy realizes that there are concerns in the ocean right now. So, Juan Pablo asked me if it was okay to look up research for him so I did.

The star fish is the most amazing creature.  These spiny, five rayed creatures are one example of a very unusual group of marine animals  with a life story that is different  from that  of  anything else  in the animal kingdom. Sea stars can be many colors like red, orange, pink, yellow, white, blue, green, tan, brown, gray, black, and purple. The starfish’s long arms can be from 10 to 25 inches long. Most spiny-skinned animals have no eyes but amazingly starfish have a small red eye spot in the middle. They can see light and dark. 

The starfish can live all over the world. If you are looking for a starfish they are usually in rocky places. Also sea stars can swim all the way down to the bottom of the sea or they can relax and float on the top. The Ochre sea star can live any where from Alaska to California. The Ochre sea star can also climb up to the top of a wall and stay there for more then 5 hours. Most  sea stars live in small groups or alone. There is a sea star called Crown-of-Thorns and they live in coral reefs.  This is my favorite sea creature. It is so amazing and I enjoyed my time learning about the starfish with the kids.

-Ana Munoz-

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