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Starfish dying along the West Coast -Scientists scramble to figure out why

Dying Starfish along West Coast Laura Anderson photo Rocky Intertidal Lab U.C. Santa Cruz

Dying Starfish along West Coast
Laura Anderson photo
Rocky Intertidal Lab
U.C. Santa Cruz

A horrendous die off of starfish from Southern California to Alaska has marine scientists scrambling to figure out what’s happening and why. They’re calling it “Seastar Wasting Disease,” as starfish begin losing arms and gradually turn to dead mush. They don’t believe it has anything to do with the Japanese nuclear power plant melt-down in Japan but there are a number of other elements to the puzzle they’re looking in to like ocean acidification due to global warming. Also puzzling is the fact that the die off has, for the moment, skipped over Oregon although one stricken starfish was found in a tidal pool 8 miles south of Yachats.

A classic “What done it” inquiry is underway. We get more details from the Oregonian. Click here.

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