Sea stars dying: 'We’ve never seen anything of this magnitude before'

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Sea stars dying off
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  • A diver's hands frame a detached sea star ray for scale in a survey photo.
  • An Aquarium scientific diver makes notes on an underwater data sheet in the cool waters of Yaquina Bay.
  • An Aquarium scientific diver notes a healthy sea star on an underwater data sheet.
  • Sunflower star exhibits lesion indicating the two affected arms are about to walk away.
Sea stars dying off
University assist in monitoring the intertidal zone on the Oregon coast for damage done by sea star wasting syndrome. (Photo by Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman, courtesy Oregon State University)