During the height of the sea star die-offs in 2014, millions of stars up and down the West Coast were wasting away. At the same time, sea surface temperatures in the northeast Pacific Ocean were the warmest recorded in decades.
Scientists suspected a connection.
Now in a study published Monday, scientists are confirming that warm temperatures played a part in what’s being called the single largest, most-geographically widespread marine disease that’s ever been recorded.
Thanksgiving weekend 2011 brought thousands of visitors to FMR, and they were all treated to some daytime “star gazing” in the form of the many sea stars that make their homes in the rocky intertidal habitat.
The sunflower star is one of the most special finds in the reserve. And not just because they have so many arms (up to 22!); they prefer to hunt in the deeper zones of the intertidal, and so they are most visible during very low minus tides.Read More»