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Something is killing starfish; scientists race to find out what
Something is killing starfish; scientists race to find out what

Up and down the West Coast, starfish are dying. Casualties of a mysterious disease known as seastar wasting syndrome, they are dying in Alaska, deteriorating in San Diego and disappearing from long stretches in between. Death from the disease is quick and icky. It begins with a small lesion on a starfish's body that rapidly develops into an infection the animal cannot fight. Over the course of the disease the starfish's legs might drop off, or even separate from the body and start to crawl away, as you can see in the PBS news story below. Pete Raimondi, a professor at UC Santa Cruz who has been tracking the seastar crisis, said a starfish's leg moving away from its central disk is...

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