Starfish in labour?

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  1. martinkeyser

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    Hi all, need some advice from the experts, lately have been noticing lots of small white star fish "babies" and today I got this pic of the green starfish with a slimy substance at his mouth and what seems to be another "baby" can anyone help?
     
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    wheres the pic?
     
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    trying to load, getting stuck
     
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    Did her water break? Its a tell tale sign.
     
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    pic is very small, the small star looks like an asterina star.
     
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    Starfish dont give birth. In brief - They release eggs and sperm in the water column, fertilization occurs and the juveniles go through a short planktonic phase before settling.
    Pic is small, but the smaller one looks like a different species to the larger one.
     
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    Tx. So no need to rush to the hospital, lmao! What might the orange/red slimy substance be?
     
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    Its stomach. Starfish throw up (for lack of a better word) their stomach onto their food and digest it externally (once again in brief).
     
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    Oooh, so he might have tried to eat the smaller one or was it just coinsidence that he was there?
     
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    Could be either. What star fish is the larger one - cant really get a decent ID from the pic.
     
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    Don't worry, they are both alive! I'd be p*@#ss*d if someone threw up all over my back!
     
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