starfish evolution or creation?
The starfish or sea star is one of the most unique and unusual of the marine animals. Despite its name it is not a fish, but rather it is a marine invertebrate that is classified with the echinoderms and the class asteroidea. The starfish has no brain, but it has a complex radial nervous system in which a nerve ring surrounds the mouth at the center of the body and this nerve branches out to each arm. This nervous system allows the starfish to sense its surroundings. The starfish also has no blood, however seawater pump nutrients throughout the body by way of what is termed a "water vascular system." Most starfish have five arms but some have more-up to 40. If one of its arms is lost or broken for some reason, the arm can be regenerated by regrowth. In addition, starfish can be heavy and can live an average of 35 years, which is long for a small invertebrate. Starfish can only live in salty marine environments and cannot live in freshwater. Starfish move with tiny tube feet located on the bottom of their bodies, allowing movement up to one meter per minute. A starfish can have 15,000 tube feet on its body. These tube feet also help the starfish hold its prey. Starfish and sea stars are classified as echinoderms, along with sand dollars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. Those who support the evolutionist doctrine struggle to find a common ancestor of the starfish. When one considers the evidence for a unique and recent creation, instead of gradual evolution over millions of years, the existence of the starfish makes much more sense. However, the uniqueness of the starfish is part of a grand design installed by an Intelligent Designer.