Welcome back campers! We hope everyone had a great holiday off! We’re back at Camp E&E by the Sea to meet some of our echinoderm friends. Today we are meeting Brittany the brittle star.
BRITTLE STAR FUN FACTS:
- These echinoderms are related to sea stars, but are not sea stars.
- They are carnivores, that eat plankton and small crustaceans.
- Brittle stars are found in the oceans all around the world from tide pools to the deep oceans.
- There are 2,000 species of brittle stars in the ocean.
- Brittle stars have a central disk that contains their mouth, which has 5 jaws.
- Brittle stars have small spines on their arms.
- Like their relatives, the sea stars- they can lose a limb and regenerate it.
- They use their spiny arms and not tube feet to move.
We love brittle stars. They are so cool looking! Maybe we should make some out of clay? Anyone up for that?