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Hawaii's starfish protected from fatal wasting disease

By Susan Scott

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013

~~<p>One of my favorite activities during visits to the Puget Sound area is starfish gazing. At the ferry docks I'm in awe of the orange, purple and red starfish sprawled on the pilings like so many ornaments, and at my husband's family cabin on Orcas Island, I'm the first to don rubber boots at low tide and splash out on a sea star trek.</p>
<p>Now, sadly, starfish (aka sea stars) are in trouble, and not just in Washington state. From Southern California to Alaska, sea stars of several species are dying by the thousands from a disease called wasting syndrome. No one knows the cause of the mysterious ailment, but the stakes are high. Starfish play a key role in the health of Pacific rocky intertidal zones.</p>
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One of my favorite activities during visits to the Puget Sound area is starfish gazing. At the ferry docks I'm in awe of the orange, purple and red starfish sprawled on the pilings like so many ornaments, and at my husband's family cabin on Orcas Island, I'm the first to don rubber boots at low tide and splash out on a sea star trek.

Now, sadly, starfish (aka sea stars) are in trouble, and not just in Washington state. From Southern California to Alaska, sea stars of several species are dying by the thousands from a disease called wasting syndrome. No one knows the cause of the mysterious ailment, but the stakes are high. Starfish play a key role in the health of Pacific rocky intertidal zones. Login for more...



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