Category Archives: Starfish

A ray of hope for our Sonoma sea stars (SR Press Democrat)

The sea stars (starfish) along the Sonoma Coast have mostly died off from sea star wasting disease. This sickness has killed off most of the sea stars in areas from Mexico into Canada. Modern epidemiologists have not been able to determine what is causing the die off. Some specialists believe that sea star wasting disease…
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Wasting Disease Devastates West Coast Starfish

Marine scientists are finding large numbers of starfish along the West Coast, dying from a  disease known as ‘sea star wasting syndrome.’ The first symptoms include an emaciated appearance and white lesions on the ectoderm. Within a matter of days, afflicted starfish begin to lose their characteristic arms, leading to their disintegration into what some…
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