The eyes of the starfish

Starfish have eyes — not just light-sensitive "eye spots", but real, honest-to-Poseidon eyes, one at the end of each of their arms. They probably see the world differently than we do (for instance, they're likely colorblind and can't see at near the level of detail), but they can see. And they know about that time you poked them with a stick.

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  1. When I was very young my mother told me a story about clam harvesters who'd cut any starfish they found into pieces. They couldn't understand why this actually increased the starfish population.

    Now I'm wondering what it would be like to see parts of yourself walking away.

  2. Also, if the headline makes you simultaneously think of both Madeline L'Engle and the theme song from Walker: Texas Ranger, then my work here is done.

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