Common starfish

Common starfish

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Credit: LIONEL, TIM & ALISTAIR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Common starfish (Asterias rubens) resting on a pellets of iron ore from a wrecked cargo ship. The common starfish is a marine invertebrate with five arms. It moves by means of short tubular feet, which have suction discs at the end. These are situated along the underside of the arms. The mouth is also located on the under-surface. The common starfish preys on other echinoderms, worms and molluscs. It is widespread in the northeast Atlantic and is common around Britain and Ireland. Photographed on the wreck of the Kowloon Bridge, which ran aground in heavy seas off southern Ireland in November 1986 and later sank.

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