Wasting disease devastating starfish along Sonoma Coast

Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Marine scientists are scrambling to determine the extent and cause of a disease that is killing starfish along the West Coast, including Sonoma County.

The affliction, called sea star wasting disease, has killed up to 95 percent of the stars in some tide pool populations ranging from southeast Alaska to Santa Barbara in a manner similar to scenes from a horror movie.

“They essentially melt in front of you,” said Pete Raimondi, chairman of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab.

via Wasting disease devastating starfish along Sonoma Coast | The Press Democrat.

The sea star wasting map is online at
www.eeb.ucsc.edu/pacificrockyintertidal/data-products/sea-star-wasting/