Category: Starfish and Urchins

Underwater Fact 117

The Giant California Sea Cucumber uses its anus as second mouth.
Recent research has found that the Giant California Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) can use both ends of its body to feed and breathe.

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An invasive species of brittle star has the ability to reproduce asexually by self-division.

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Underwater Fact 85

The Crown of Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) is one of the few animals that actually eat living coral. Its name derives from the thick poisonous spines that cover their round body and their 21 identical arms.

This species is wide spread around coral reefs all over the world and can cause reef destruction if overpopulated.
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