The mold for this pewter casting was taken from an actual starfish that washed up on a beach.
Starfish may well be the most unusual of the well-known creatures. They have no front or back: they can move in any direction without turning. Rather than using muscles to move their hundreds of tiny legs, starfish use a complex hydraulic system to move around or cling to rocks. If you've ever tried to pry a starfish off a rock, you know how effective its hydraulic system really is. Starfish don't have to make themselves symmetrical. They can rearrange their arms any way they please in order to wedge themselves into a small nook in the rocks.
Jeff Mitchell, the guy who made this casting, is a retired Electrical Engineer who now lives in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Mass. While still working in the Boston suburbs, Jeff took up metal casting as a hobby, and now recreates sea creatures in a high grade, lead-free pewter.
The starfish is 4-3/4" diameter, and weighs 2.9 oz.