Sea stars: hope or last gasp?

It’s been reported this week that in some of the places where sea star wasting syndrome has recently wiped out the local sea star population, researchers are now finding baby sea stars.  It’s been noted before that many species, including sea stars, are known to reproduce when under stress — perhaps as a last resort to try to help the species survive.

It takes several weeks before baby sea stars are large enough to be seen with the naked eye, which is why they haven’t been noticed until now. What isn’t known is whether this new generation of sea stars will be equally susceptible to the wasting syndrome.

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