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The Sea Star Song


Sung to the tune of 'Build me up Buttercup' by the Foundations

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Linckia laevigata (Valvatida)

Linckia laevigata (Valvatida). © 2003 Massimo Boyer

Why do you pick me up (pick me up) out of the sea

when its not good for me (good for me) and pull me apart,

but if you knew (if you knew) my limbs grow back slowly

when you rip them off (rip them off) I'm a self-amputee

It's ok! (It's ok!) I've got 5 equal segments,

each one with its own set of organs.

Don't pick me up (pick me up) 'cause i sure like being a sea star.

"I release my eggs" into the depths of the sea

so that we, fertilize externally

(Hey Hey Hey!) Babies Babies, they'll float around

(Hey Hey Hey!) Babies Babies, they will grow quickly

Before you know,  carnivorous they'll be and colourful too

ooo-ooo ooo ooo-ooo ooo

So why do you pick me up (pick me up) out of the sea,

when it's not good for me (good for me) I can't see or hear.

I sense by tube feet (by tube feet) which move me around

although quite slowly (quite slowly) as I'm not a real fish

I lack fins! (I lack fins!) and I am an invertebrate

I have traits similar to a sand dollar

So dont pick me up (pick me up) 'cause I sure love being a sea star! 

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We dedicate this treehouse to our teacher Ms. Rowlandson for getting us involved.

Author: seastarannemarie1
Classroom Project: seastart
Havergal College
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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