All the Year Round: A Nature Reader - Vol. 2

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11. THE STARFISH.

THE starfish is sometimes called a sea-star, five-finger, or, five-fingered Jack. Its home is in the great ocean.

Starfishes are of different colors; some are orange, some crimson, some purple, and some brick red. There are others that are pale in tint, either delicate pink or faintly purplish. How pretty these little creatures must look in the water!

The starfish has five arms; under these arms are tubes which it uses as feet. It will fasten itself firmly to a rock, and will even allow its tube-like feet to be torn rather than let go.

There is a curious thing about the arms. If a hungry fish bites one off, or the big waves knock it against a stone and break one, the arm will grow again.

The starfish has an eye at the end of each arm. These eyes are

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