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Bizarre disease is killing starfish

Bizarre Disease Killing Pacific Coast Starfish

Scientists are scrambling to find out what's causing starfish in the Pacific Coast to die in an extremely bizarre way.

It's a disease known as 'sea star wasting syndrome' and it causes a starfish's arms to 'escape' from their bodies. The appendages detach and then just 'walk' away.

The starfish aren't able to survive longer than 24 hours after they become dismembered. It caught the attention of scientists last summer and one diver documented the gory deaths off the coast of Washington.

'There were bodies everywhere and they were just like these splats. To me, it looked like someone had taken a laser gun and just zapped them and they just vaporized.'

Not every species of starfish is infected, but researchers don't know enough to guarantee that the disease won't spread. They are currently doing genetic sequencing to find out what might be causing the starfish to breakdown.

Scientists are also asking beachgoers to take pictures of any starfish showing symptoms of this unknown disease and tweet the images with the hashtag '#sickstarfish.'

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karsport February 05 2014 at 11:12 AM

can you say Fukushima?

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rockymtnleather February 05 2014 at 10:36 AM

Humans are supposed to be the most intelligent species that has ever walked the earth, but extinction is what our species has to look forward to given our penchant for polluting the only planet we have to live on. But hey, let's just ignore the ever so obvious detrimental results of humans impact on the planet and pretend it's not happening. It's all good right?

The sooner humans are gone from this planet the better off it and it's 'less intelligent' creatures will be.

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Janice rockymtnleather February 05 2014 at 11:11 AM

Agreed 100%

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sebsen February 05 2014 at 12:40 PM

There absolutely has to be effects from radiation, especially with the MAJOR blow ups in Dec 2013.
I believe all Pacific fish is dangerous to eat. I do not think we have been or will be told of it's dangers

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endmillll February 05 2014 at 10:23 AM

I'm sure they will find out i hope.

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Bobby Brown endmillll February 05 2014 at 10:43 AM

WHY????--are you a star fish??---HA

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lodz61261 February 05 2014 at 11:21 AM

I wonder how many of these animal rights are vegetaroan you know that old saying ?

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badashbwlerswife February 05 2014 at 12:47 PM

poor little starfish.... that's messed up

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Mike February 05 2014 at 10:07 AM

The leaking Japanese nuclear plants is slowly killing the Pacific sea life and the currents take it to our shores.

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Barb February 05 2014 at 10:03 AM

RADIATION from FUKUSHIMA... "scientists are scrambling" ? HEH They're willfully ignorant.

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jerri2222 February 05 2014 at 10:00 AM


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crystalcase2001 February 05 2014 at 12:54 PM

I understand that you don't want to say, "Global Warming," however; you might want to wrap "radioactivity" around in your brains, a bit.

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