IT IS DONE! THE DEATH SPIRAL HAS BEGUN.
- uploaded: Jun 18, 2014
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LIFE ON EARTH IS IN THE DEATH SPIRAL; June 13, 2014: From Alaska to Mexicoand all along the coastan iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. "I'd do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them," says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia who's been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades [...] Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star. [...] "This is one of the largest wildlife die-offs that we know of," [Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner] says. "It's a signal in the ecosystem that something's not right."