The Scourge Of Sea Star Wasting Disease

May 20, 2014

A healthy ochre sea star.
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Sea stars--starfish--are in trouble in much of the West Coast. 

Sea star wasting disease causes the animals to lose arms and ultimately disintegrate, and scientists do not know yet what causes it. 

Oregon's population of sea stars had been left unscathed until recently. 

But the Oregon Coast Aquarium notices a sharp increase in sightings of diseased sea stars. 

We talk about the magnitude and any possible corrective action with the aquarium's Jim Burke.