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The Forbes’ sea star is found from the Gulf of Maine to Texas. It is probably the most common sea star along the coast of the southeastern U. S. It lives on rock, gravel or sand bottoms and is commonly encountered at low tide on rocky surfaces.
This sea star is a carnivore that feeds primarily on bivalve mollusks. It grips the clam or oyster’s shell with the tiny tube feet located on the underside of its arms and applies strong pressure to force it open. After creating even a tiny gap, the sea star extrudes its stomach through its mouth and squeeze it inside the shell. It then digests the soft body tissue of its prey, leaving only the empty shell.
Don’t miss the touch pool in the Georgia Explorer gallery where you can have a close encounter with our sea stars.