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Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths
Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths

In the slippery tide pools of San Pedro’s Point Fermin, there are sticky green sea anemone, hard-shelled limpets, barnacles shaped like mini-volcanoes and even small octopuses hiding between gaps in the rocks. Noticeably missing from this coastal menagerie are the icons of the rocky intertidal zone — the sea stars. Not long ago, as many as 80 orange and purple sea stars could be found at Point Fermin, say biologists who have been monitoring the spot for more than a decade. But over the last 18 months, scientists all along the Pacific Coast have witnessed the largest die-off of sea stars ever recorded. Their armored bodies seem to simply disintegrate in the face of a...

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