University of California Santa Cruz and Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory in Arcata, CA are reporting sightings of small juvenile sea stars in their inter-tidal shorelines. Marine scientists say this bodes well for chances of a recovering a sea star population that all but disappeared up and down the West Coast in a matter of months. They just wasted away, one arm at a time and then died.
But the appearance of juvenile sea stars has raised hopes that Mother Nature may be back at work repopulating these apex predators who are so important at preserving the health of the inter-tidal shoreline of the West Coast.
However, it’s critical that these juvenile sea stars not be similarly dispatched by the sea star wasting disease. Sadly, some are. But it’s not known to what extent.
The rest of the story is in the Eureka Times-Standard in Eureka, CA. Click here.