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Creatures of the Deep: Basket Star

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(Describer) Under a round logo of a wave, titles: Ocean Today. Indonesian Waters.

(male narrator) This creature was found 1800 feet deep in the ocean. It's called a basket star.

(Describer) ...like tangled thin ropes.

This extraordinary invertebrate has a mass of twisting and turning arms that can measure a meter long. Each branch has tiny, sharp hooks, allowing the creature to capture prey. It feasts mainly on zooplankton. Basket stars are able to grow their limbs back if they are broken or chopped off by predators-- an ability as freakish as it is amazing.

(Describer) Title: Narrator: Dude Walker. Logos are shown for the Smithsonian and NOAA. Accessibility provided by the US Department of Education.

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This creature was found 1,800 feet deep in the ocean. It’s called a basket star. This extraordinary invertebrate has a mass of twisting and turning arms that can measure a meter long. Each branch has tiny sharp hooks allowing the creature to capture prey, and it feasts mainly on zooplankton. Basket stars are able to grow their limbs back if they are broken or chopped off by predators. Part of the "Creatures of the Deep" series.

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