How Do Starfish Eat?

The favorite meal of the starfish is a juicy oyster. But the starfish’s mouth, which is located under its body, present a problem, it is smaller than an oyster.

And the oyster presents another problem, it is protected by a hard shell. So when a starfish finds an oyster, it climbs on top of it and locks its many arms around the oyster’s shell, then tugs on the shell until the oyster is too tired to hold it closed anymore.

When the shell opens, the starfish turns its stomach inside out, drops it over the oyster’s body, then draws it in again when the oyster is nearly digested.

Because of the starfish’s fondness for oysters, fishermen who search for oysters have always considered starfish as pests. Years ago, fishermen tried to wipe out starfish by cutting them into pieces and throwing them back into the water. What these fishermen didn’t know was that every piece of a starfish can grow into a new starfish!

Although most starfish have five arms, some kinds have as many as 50!

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3 thoughts on “How Do Starfish Eat?”

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thought you might like to read this.We were watching LANDWARD last night,and it was about OYSTER FARMNG.And they said that OYSTERS loved them…MMMMM i thought how on earth do they eat them….So i found the answer and thought i would share it with you.xx Love Lynda.olga

  2. Very interesting. I heard something about them sticking their stomachs out but didn’t know exactly why. BTW, I don’t know if its just me but the fish counter add is right in the middle of the text and I couldn’t get it to go away. Very annoying so someone should probably take a look at that. I ended up copying and pasting the text to worldpad so I could read it.

  3. I want a pink starfish for my birthday, where do you buy them because I live in the central of

    South Africa, and please send me a picture of a starfish eating oysters.Can they eat them

    raw or cooked ? How big should the tank be and what part of the house should they live in ?

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