Volunteers provide crucial surveys of sea stars to monitor a mysterious, devastating disease – Everett Herald

I’ve not seen an article on the sea star wasting disease issue lately. Here’s a short update.

Touching sea stars sheltering during low tide will reveal not sturdy, sandpiper skin but a soft and pulpy texture with white and oozing lesions, its limp, weakened rays and strained tube feet unable to grasp at craggy surfaces.  But what has caused such a gruesome change in our ochre sea stars?

Will the sea stars ever be able to recover?http://www.islandsweekly.com/news/319471421.html Anna Meyer reports. (Islands’ Weekly)

When the stars go out all along the coast – Crosscut

Another update on the mysterious and very destructive sea star wasting disease. Apparently there is a scientific paper out soon that might start to answer some of the questions on what and why.

Sea stars, the original “keystone species,” are melting into mush even on local shores where they previously seemed safe, leaving scientists puzzled… and worried.



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