Posts tagged ‘Clams’

How do starfish eat?

Starfish

A starfish’s mouth, underneath its flat body, leads directly into a large, bag-like stomach. The starfish can push its stomach out through its mouth.  Starfish like to eat clams and oysters.  Encircling a clam with its powerful arms, the starfish attaches its sucker-like tube feet to the clam’s shell.

With ever-increasing force, it pulls the two halves of the shell apart.  Then, the starfish pushes out its stomach and digests the food.  When the starfish has completed its meal, it pulls back its stomach, and leaves only an empty clam shell behind.–Dick Rogers

How are seashells formed?

The protecting shells of clams and other shell forming mollusks are built by a special part of the mollusk’s body called the mantle.  This skin-like organ surrounds the animal’s soft body like an envelope.

Glands inside the mantle produce the substances that make the shell, in the form of a liquid.  The mantle squeezes out the liquid shell materials and adds them to the shell as the mollusks grows.

The lines of growth are usually clearly marked by ridges on the outer surface of the shell.  The food eaten by a mollusk provides the minerals that form the shell and give it color.–Dick Rogers

What are the whiskers for on an animal’s face?

Whiskers

The whiskers on an animal’s face are organs of touch.  They help the animal sense what going on around it.  Scientists call whiskers vibrissae (vi-BRIS-see). These long, sensitive hairs are most helpful to animals that prowl about in dark places.

A cat’s whiskers brush against objects the cat might not see as it hunts at night.  Whiskers help some animals find food.  The whiskers on a seal’s face are helpful in detecting fish in the dark or cloudy water.  And the thick whiskers on a walrus’s upper lip help it to feel for clams in the ocean bottom.–Dick Rogers

What are mollusks?

Mollusks

If you have ever collected shells at the seashore, probably most of the shells you found were once the homes of living animal called mollusks.

The most familiar mollusks are probably clams, oysters, octopuses, squids, snails and slugs.

Most mollusks are related, or alike, in certain ways.  Mollusks are soft-bodied animals without bones.

Most kinds of mollusks, including clams and oysters, have hard shells that protect their soft bodies.

Other kinds, such as cuttlefish and squids, have no shells that show.  A special shell grows inside their bodies.

Octopuses and some slugs have no shell at all.

Mollusks live in most parts of the world.  Some, such as snails and slugs, live on land.  Others are found in rivers, lakes and ponds.  But the greatest number of mollusks are ocean dwellers.

Mollusks furnish us with food.  Their shells are made into many products, including buttons and jewelry.  – Dick Rogers

 

What is a starfish?

Starfish

A starfish is a star-shaped animal that lives on the bottom of the sea in bays and shallow water.  Starfish eat clams and other shellfish by pulling the shells apart and pushing their stomach into the shells to digest the food.

Starfish have a peculiar way of eating.  The common starfish feeds mostly on shellfish, it especially likes to eat clams, oysters, and mussels.

To open a clam shell, the starfish wraps its arms around it.  Under each arm are rows of tube like feet that stick to the shell like suction cups.  The starfish then pulls the two section of the clam’s shell assist with its powerful arms.

A starfish’s mouth is under its body.  As soon as a starfish has pulled open the clam, it opens its mouth, turns it stomach inside out and pushes it inside the clam’s shell and digests the clam’s soft body.

Once the meat is finished, the starfish pulls back its stomach, leaving only an empty clam shell behind.  Most starfish have five arms, but some have seven arms or more.  If a starfish loose an arm, it can grow another. – Dick Rogers