Sea star wasting disease “exploding” along Oregon coast

This is bad news:  sea star wasting disease has popped up along the Oregon coast over the last two weeks, according to reports.

It seems to be having a particularly dramatic effect on purple ochre sea stars there, which are a keystone species that keeps other shellfish populations under control. So losing them would throw the intertidal ecosystem out of balance.

Here’s my original post on sea star wasting disease, including a place where you can donate to help with research before it’s too late.

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