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Pisaster ochraceus (Sea star!)

Pisaster ochraceus

Description:

All along the west coast of the United States, a phenomenon involving the scarring and limb destruction of starfish is occurring. It may be related to a virus and other factors. http://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/pacificrockyinte... I would be very willing to contemplate fukushima. Maybe someone with a microscope (SEM) can take a cross section of the arms/leg edges and see what's up. I'll have to do the same thing and start learning about this.

Habitat:

Tide pool during low tide

1 Species ID Suggestions

kfox
kfox 6 years ago
Ocre Star
Pisaster Ocraceus Pisaster ochraceus


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10 Comments

lightworkerpeace
lightworkerpeace 6 years ago

Hi Ocre Star! Please view this: http://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/pacificrockyinte...

Some of the pages load slowly, including the map. Radiation may not be the cause, however, I believe we should still be on our toes in regard to any chemical reactions occurring in our oceans.

kfox
kfox 6 years ago

This is a common phenomena on the coast these days? I don't think Fukishima (current levels of radioactivity are less than you receive while flying in a 747 over the North pole).

luke
luke 6 years ago

i believe it's not caused by Fukushima. i think it's some sort of climate change or natural phenomenon.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

very sad situation.
Scientists are working on creating a plastic eating bacteria. I wonder what can be done about all this nuclear waste!!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

This is probably not caused by Fukushima, because radiated water is just now beginning to show up in Washington and Oregon. Humans put enough other hideous toxins into the environment to explain this.

ClawddPoncen
ClawddPoncen 6 years ago

How sad? Fukushima will no doubt cause much illness to all creatures. I had not heard of this disease in starfish! Thanks for spreading the word. I hope a cause & cure is discovered.

lightworkerpeace
lightworkerpeace 6 years ago

Wise words, Selma.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing this spotting lightworkerpeace. It should be relocated to the "Other" category.

lightworkerpeace
lightworkerpeace 6 years ago

I'm glad someone actually looked at this spotting.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Thanks for posting this disturbing image. I've heard of this horrible phenomenon but hadn't seen a picture before.

lightworkerpeace
Spotted by
lightworkerpeace

Forks, Washington, USA

Spotted on Feb 27, 2014
Submitted on Mar 1, 2014

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