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

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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.
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  • Sunflower star exhibits lesion indicating the two affected arms are about to walk away.
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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)