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Virus may be responsible for the wasting away of thousands of sea stars
Virus may be responsible for the wasting away of thousands of sea stars

Up and down the Pacific Coast, from southern Alaska to the Mexican border, the sea stars are dying -- and now, scientists think they know why. Sea Star Wasting Disease is an epidemic that has killed off thousands of sea stars (also called starfish) since June 2013. It has decimated sea star populations in Washington, central California, Southern California and Oregon. Scientists say it is the largest die-off of sea stars ever recorded. In some areas, the sea star population was wiped out entirely. Twenty species of sea stars have been affected by the wasting disease, and the deaths all follow the same, grotesque pattern. First, the sea star's legs begin to curl up. Then lesions...

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