Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium sent in a tip about something cool on display at the Aquarium through April 1: Basket Starfish, pictured.

"This deep dwelling one-of-a-kind sea star has five 'arms' which branch out into hundreds of little branchlets," Boothe said. "The small branches have microscopic hooks to help the basket star capture its small prey (usually copepods). When stressed, exposed to air, or entangled the basket star will begin to shed its 'arms.'"

"Luckily they can grow them back!" Boothe added, much to the Ear's relief.

The Seaside Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call (503) 738-6211.

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