During a recent trip to Northern California, a WishGardener caught some great photos (Starfish (Asteroidea) of some extraordinary sea life, thanks to a record low tide. Feeling intrigued by these brightly colored sea creatures, she did a little asking around and found out some interesting facts about the starfish.
One such fact is that if a starfish loses a limb it simply grows a new one. An even more amazing occurrence is that if a starfish is chopped into pieces, each piece can grow a whole new starfish. Scientists have been studying the creature hoping to find out whether the limb-regrowing abilities of the starfish could hold the secret to human renewal.
Scientists also believe the slimy goo that covers a starfish could hold the key to finding new treatment for inflammatory conditions such as asthma, hay fever and arthritis. Pretty amazing stuff for a creature with no brain!
Text and photo by Anna Hunziker.