SEA STARS DISINTEGRATING - 06/04/14B 19:12 S.S.

SCIENTISTS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT IS CAUSING SEA STARS TO DISINTEGRATE ALONG THE OREGON COAST. ALTHOUGH SEA STAR WASTING SYNDROME HAD BEEN SEEN OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA, OREGON HAD BEEN SPARED….BUT THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. NOW THE WORST AREA FOR THE DISEASE IS FOGARTY CREEK (NORTH OF DEPOE BAY). SEA STARS FEED ON MUSSELS AND SEA URCHINS, AND THIS DISEASE COULD EASILY THROW THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM OUT OF BALANCE.

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