Coastal Curiosity alert! The Cushion Star

We’ve all seen starfish when rock-pooling, but have you ever noticed any different from the usual common starfish? 

This little fella is called a cushion star (Asterina gibbosa), which looks like a cartoon starfish with its small and stubby arms. But don’t let this fool you, they are voracious predators just like any other starfish. They invert their stomachs to digest their prey outside of the body, so basically they vomit out their stomachs! They are omnivorous, so use this technique to eat animals and plants alike, including molluscs, worms and seaweeds.

They are all over our rocky shores, so next time you are down the beach take a look for this cute, yet formidable, starfish.