Starfish By: Ethan henry

The starfish is an echinoderm found in the coral reefs. Starfish are a lot of different colors. Starfish are 5 to 9 inches long. Starfish weigh two to five pounds. They have tube feet. Some of the starfish family members are the sea cucumber, sea lily, sea urchins and brittle star.

Starfish are carnivores. Starfish eat snails, oysters, clams, crabs and worms. Starfish have a mouth under their body. Starfish live in the ocean floor.

Starfish live in the ocean on the ocean floor. Starfish need to live somewhere under the sand so the other animals can’t see them. Adult starfish homes are on the bottom of the sea floor. They live on their own and with others.

Starfish have their mouth under their body. This is helpful because they can crawl on top of their food and eat it. Predators of the starfish are seals and other starfish. The starfish will bury itself under the sand so the predator can’t get it.

There are about 10,000 different types of echinoderms. Sea stars are sometimes called starfish, but they are not fish. Sea stars and sea cucumbers were given their names because of where they live and because of their shape. One kind of sea star has 40 arms. Some kinds of echinoderms live for less than ten years, but others can live up to 35 years.

Starfish are interesting animals. They are an important part of the coral reef ecosystem and an important part of our world.

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