Food Chain

What Eats A Starfish?

Starfish On The Ocean Bottom
What Eats A Starfish? Photo: Wing Chi Poon

What eats starfish?

What do starfish eat?

To us humans, starfishes look like they’d be a bit too hard and crunchy to make a good meal. But starfishes do have a few predators or natural enemies.

Manta rays, some sharks, and other large, bony fishes like to pick starfishes off the bottom of the ocean, crunch them up and eat them.

In addition, small starfishes need to be on the lookout for larger starfishes, which will sometimes attack, kill, and eat them.

What do starfish eat? Most species eat mussels and other mollusks, or shellfish.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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