Warming Oceans Threaten Starfish

According to Rebecca Vega Thurber, an associate professor of environmental microbiology at Oregon State University, who was not involved in the study, “What’s really exciting about this paper is the really strong correspondence between this temperature anomaly that occurred during that year when the sea stars started dying.”

Everywhere the warming went, the sunflower stars sickened and died.

The study showed a correlation between warming temperatures and the spread of the disease, not a direct cause. But it corroborates a hypothesis that was initially questioned because the virus that researchers think is responsible also shows up in healthy sea stars.

Seastar Wasting Disease Now in San Luis Obispo County

  Editor’s note:  Visit for more information Starfish dying from disease in SLO County tide pools By David Sneed dsneed@thetribunenews.comFebruary 18, 2014 Updated 9 hours ago Read more here: Starfish in San Luis Obispo County are suffering from a… Read More ›