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Falling Stars: Mass Starfish Deaths on the West Coast

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Laura James called it one of the saddest things she's ever seen underwater. Sea stars, iconic and ever present in Northwest coastal waters, were suddenly becoming sick and dying before her eyes in numbers too great to count. The long-time Puget Sound diver said she's never seen anything like this in 20 years of diving.

She had heard recent reports from the Vancouver Aquarium, where diving biologists found sunflower sea stars in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound dying by the thousands. James wondered how sea stars in Seattle's Elliott Bay were faring, so in November, she took her underwater camera to dive the West Seattle dive site Cove 1, where the underwater pilings are normally covered with an army of brightly colored sea stars. But now they had transformed into pale, decaying piles of mush. Stars that had not yet disintegrated appeared to be so weak, she said, that they are being torn apart by the weight of their own bodies. ( See James' before-and-after video at http://kuow.org/post/watch-underwater-video-sea-stars-dying-west-seattle )....


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