Pacific starfish bounce back after massive die-off

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It may feel like it’s a constant stream of bad news for the environment, so brace yourself for something good. A few years ago, it seemed as though we may completely lose sea stars after a mysterious wasting syndrome rapidly killed millions of the creatures from Canada to Mexico. But this year, researchers say that starfish are making a massive comeback. Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, which is linked to warming waters , hit the West Coast from 2013 to 2014, causing starfish to sort of “melt,” dropping limbs, deflating and wasting away. But where sea stars had practically vanished in some areas, they can be seen popping up again. “They are coming back, big time,” said Darryl Deleske, a researcher for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium . Related: Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future These types of die-offs have happened every decade since the 1970s, but never on the scale of 2013. But lately, places that were completely devoid of starfish are filling up with them once again. Sadly, it isn’t time to celebrate, yet. While populations seem to be rebounding, the disease hasn’t completely disappeared. It appears to be active in Washington and has never completely stopped in California or Oregon. Still, experts are hopeful that future generations of sea stars will be more resilient to the disease. Via Phys.org Images via Unsplash and UCSC

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Scientists Identify Virus that is Wiping Out Thousands of Starfish on the Pacific Coast

November 21, 2014 by  
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A horrifying disease is making thousands of Starfish in the pacific ocean rip themselves apart , and the cause has left scientists baffled – until now. A team of researchers was recently able to isolate the virus, and they are calling it Sea Star Associated Densovirus (SSaDV). The pathogen was identified after eliminating bacteria, protozoans and fungi as possible culprits. Read the rest of Scientists Identify Virus that is Wiping Out Thousands of Starfish on the Pacific Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Sea Star Associated Densovirus , sea star dying , sea star populations , Sea Star Virus , sea star wasting disease , sea stars dying , SSaDV , starfish dying , starfish populations , starfish virus , starfish wasting disease

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