Lucas and I were invited to have a preview of the sea stars exhibition at the sea life centre in Blackpool

As we walked through we started at the rock pool where you can put your hands in the pools and the cleaner shrimps will nibble at your hands, unfortunately Lucas didn’t quite understand  and just splashed. You can just about see to the left under the rock it is peeking out. We swiftly moved on.

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre

 

With 2000 creatures to see there is plenty to look for and I can imagine it is one of those places that you will spot something new each time you visit.

 

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre

 

Lucas dashed around giddily until we got to the new sea star area where he just mellowed. The dimmed lights with stars for him to touch just relaxed him. We also learnt a lot about them too. 

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre
Jason Lock Photography

 

  •  Sea stars can switch gender at will
    Many starfish can start out as one gender before switching to the other, and even switching back in some cases!
  • Sea stars have no brain…and no blood
    Instead of blood, a sea star pumps filtered sea water around its nervous system to carry nutrients to its body.
  • They have their eyes at the tips of their legs
    Despite not having a brain and no apparent face, sea stars do have eyes, which are located at the tips of their legs and used to navigate themselves around.
  •  There are over 2,000 species
    More than 2,000 species of sea star are documented worldwide, living in a wide variety of water conditions and temperatures, from tropical coral reefs, rocky shores, tidal pools, mud and sand to kelp forests, seagrass meadows and the cold, deep-ocean bed down to at least 20,000 ft (6,000 m). They are purely marine creatures, with no freshwater sea stars.
  •  They can regenerate
    Sea stars can regrow a lost limb, although it can take up to a year to grow back completely.
  • They are cannibalistic
    With their tough, leathery skin, sea stars are a daunting proposition for many would-be predators. However, they are well equipped to eat a smaller sea star and cannibalism is common with some species. Many wear striking colours to camouflage them or scare off potential attackers.
  • They don’t always have five legs
    Sea stars always have at least five symmetrical legs, but some species can have as many as 10, 20 or even 40.
  • They eat by turning their stomachs inside out
    When a sea star captures its prey, suction cups on the legs hold it in place while its stomach extends out of its mouth to digest the meal.

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre
Jason Lock Photography

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre

 

Sea stars Blackpool sea life centre

 

11 Comments

11 Comments on Sea stars have arrived at Blackpool sea life centre

  1. Beautiful photos. I love the look of the Seastar exhibition I bet it would be good light therapy for autistic kids too, my son used to love the aquarium when he was younger! So many Seastar facts I didn’t know! #FamilyFun

  2. Oh my god I think those sea star facts have blown my mind. That’s mental – changing gender no brains eyes on legs. Woah. Sounds like you had a good, and insightful trip! Thank you for sharing it at #familyfun

  3. Those sea star facts are crazy; what amazing creatures! I didn’t know much about them it seems!
    I found it quite relaxing to watch your video. I like the look of the little tunnel too – it would be a fab place for pre-bedtime calm down!
    Thanks for joining #daysoutwithatoddler! See you next month! 🙂

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