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Can you eat starfish?

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Certain species of starfish are edible. In some countries, such as Japan, starfish is considered a delicacy. Starfish can be baked, boiled or deep fried. The legs must be severed and opened to reach the edible flesh inside, which is scooped out with a small fork or spoon.

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Can you eat starfish?
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A starfish is actually not a fish at all. They have no fins, gills or scales. They belong to the Phylum Echinodermata, and are more closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. All echinoderms share a five-point radial symmetry, meaning their bodies are divided into five equal sections. There are over 2,000 species of starfish, and they are found in tropical waters as well as colder climates.

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    How does a starfish eat?

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    Most starfish, also known as sea stars, eat by prying open the shells of prey such as clams or oysters with their arms, pushing their stomachs out their mouths and into the prey's shell, partially digesting the animal and then pulling their stomachs back into their mouths. Starfish that don't have suction disks swallow prey whole and afterwards eject undigested parts.

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    What animals eat starfish?

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    Starfish are eaten by sharks that live near the bottom of the ocean, such as nurse sharks, horn sharks and Port Jackson sharks. They are also preyed upon by manta rays, Alaskan king crabs and other starfish.

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    How big are starfish?

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    Depending on the species, starfish grow to be a variety of different sizes, colors and shapes, but all look like a star. The giant sea star is the widest starfish, reaching 3 feet in diameter. The Patririella parvivipara is the smallest starfish, growing to less than half an inch.

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    Are starfish poisonous?

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    Starfish, also called sea stars, are poisonous to humans. The sun star, the leather star and the crown of thorns are examples of poisonous starfish that cause minor to severe toxicity in the human body.

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