Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Starfish: Strength in Numbers
Photographing Starfish and Mussel Rock, La Jolla Shores, San Diego, CAStarfish are scavengers and hunters that clean up the bottom of the ocean floor, eating some fish-killing algae. Most of the starfish usually cleave to each other and on the rocks.
Starfish, La Jolla Shores, San Diego, CAGrouping together is one of the starfish defense mechanisms to protect themselves from the pounding waves as they can easily be washed off shore by the very strong waves. As the star fish cleave together, their strength multiplies exponentially that they will be able to hold on together defying the pounding waves that crash on them. The star fish exemplifies best the quote, "Together we stand, divided we fall."
Star fish on Mussel Rock, La Jolla Shores, San Diego, CA
Starfish feeds on clams, oysters and mussels. Since those starfish cleaves on mussels filled rock, they sure have an abundant supply of food. Starfish eat through their mouth which is the middle opening on their underside. Starfish don't eat shellfish with their shells on, but rather, they use their powerful suction cups on their legs to open the shell of their prey. When the shell is wide open and meat is exposed, star fish push their stomach out through their mouth and digest it. Star fish are scavengers and hunters that clean up the bottom of the ocean floor, eating some fish-killing algae.
All pictures above were taken Saturday, February 18, 2012 at La Jolla Shores.
Posted by betchai at 10:25 PM