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Sea stars encompass a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.  A friend here has the following hanging on the wall of her adorable oceanside cottage.  A typical five-arm sea star:

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Also one with four arms:

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One with six arms:

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And even one with seven arms:

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Wow!  Did you know that sea stars can grow as may as 40 – 50 arms?  And can regenerate a lost arm?

They also come in different colors.  We’ve seen them in orange:

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Green:

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And brown:

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Sea stars have a tough spiny covering on top and are soft underneath, with pincer-like organs or suckers. 

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They eat clams, oysters and snails and live on the ocean bottom in tropical and polar waters.  (We saw sea stars in Alaska.)

Conch (konk) is present throughout the Caribbean; they are most indigenous to the Bahamas.  These large marine snails live in amazingly beautiful pink-lipped shells.  Their shells are popular for jewelry and make fairly competent trumpets.  Blown here in the harbor at sunset.

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Inside, is the actual conch.   First out of the shell is a claw, used to pull the conch along through sand.   You can also see its “eyes.”

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Watch a conch coming out of its shell:  https://youtu.be/OEh7ABZ_uN8    Very lively.  That’s the part that is eaten – in fritters, salads, and chowder.  We’ve even put it on pizza.  Conch is rather tough and must be marinated or tenderized.  It has a mild flavor. 

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So beautiful.

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