Episode CLX – 160: Caribbean Starfish

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Etnia Nativa through Island Insight facilitates cultural awareness, education and safeguards Aruba’s heritage by elevating each reader into an island keeper state of mind. Be encouraged to discover in every episode the true native effect, live it, discover more reasons to love Aruba behind our beaches and liven up your stay in an incredibly wonderful way.

Our island is a tiny tourist destination with a fragile ecosystem, covering thousands of years of history. Here is where Etnia Nativa’s main objective comes to mind through educating the readers over Aruba’s heritage. We believe in when you love and value what you have, ones greatest desire becomes to protect it.


Aruba is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches in contrast to the blue-turquoise sea, thinking about this it is not difficult to imagine the incredible places you can find when you dive into beautiful waters surrounding the island, whether enjoying a simple ” dip” or exploring its depths.

A colorful marine life, exotic fish, coral reefs, sea turtles Etc. are part of the underwater landscape you can enjoy with a simple snorkel equipment without counting the occasional sunken ship that is also part of our submarine spectacle.

Time ago it was normal to see an abundant underwater life: shells, sanddollars and hundreds of Starfishes, the red cushion sea star or the Caribbean everywhere on the white sandy sea bottom. Many species of Starfishes was part of our extraordinary marine life. Over human actvities and unregulated exploitation has change our land and submarine landscapes dramaticly while deminishing population of local species. knowing a little more about these beautiful prehistoric creatures one can realy help mitigate the greater collective damage. So if you are lucky to see one or more in places such as Malmok-Arashi-Tres Trapi or Baby Beach … we recommend to admire and enjoy all from a prudent distance, never touch or take what belongs under water out with you.

Starfish or Seastar as they are also known absorb oxygen from water through channels on their outer body. Touch or remove them from the water could lead to suffocating, dehydration and dead. Sea Stars are one of the most beautiful looking animals in the vast ocean. They have a surprisingly unusual anatomy, with no brain or blood, yet are able to digest food outside their body. Regenerating their own lost limbs is perhaps one of the most useful things a starfish can do.


Most sea stars are active omnivorouse predators feeding on almost anything they come across, mussels, clams and oysters. Being referred to as a keystone species, as their feeding has an effect on the whole ecosystem.

The disappearance of our Caribbean starfish – Oreaster reticulatus – is an unfortunate reality so if you see them admire them but don’t touch them, help us preserve them!

For more info we invite you to be part of an exclusive experience visit to Etnia Nativa, an off the tourist grid, private residential eco dwelling, housing a private collections of native art, archaeological artifacts and historic furniture, while the facility itself is the result of the transforming and recycling of materials. Meet our columnist who will take you in to a native Aruban experience in his museum/ home. The only authentically native cultural encounter that you will not find anywhere else! Live this experience and enjoy the native effect!

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