Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality event called sea star wasting syndrome. We talk to Dr. Pete Raimondi of the University of California, Santa Cruz about the coast-wide effort to track the extent and cause of the syndrome and its impacts on sea star populations.

Everyday Action: If you’re curious about sea stars and other rocky intertidal creatures, practice tidepool etiquette when visiting tidepools. Watch where you step, look closely, touch gently and return things to where you found them. You can also download a free app called “California Tidepools” for your smart phone or tablet to enhance your tidepool experience.

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