Even the word sounds whimsical and magical!
Is there a favorite place you have actually seen Starfish? We have only seen them on Block Island when we where there a number of years ago!
Starfish or SEA STARS are aechinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. The names “Starfish” and “Sea Star” essentially refer to members of the class Asteroidea. However, common usage frequently finds these names also applied to ophiuroids, which are correctly referred to as “brittle stars” or “basket stars”.
About 1,800 living species of starfish occur in all the world’s oceans. The fossil record for starfish is rather poor; the ossicles and spines are the only parts of the animal likely to be preserved after death and the oldest known fossils are from the Ordovician. Starfish occur across a broad depth range from the inter-tidal to abyssal depths of greater than 6,000 m (20,000 ft).
Photo by Melissa Tyler