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Sea Star (with wasting disease)

Pisaster ochraceus

Description:

Purple Sea Stars exhibiting signs of wasting disease. Limbs becoming deflated, deformed and slimy. Tube feet loosing their gripping ability and pulling away from the surface they are attached too. Warning, the last photo shows a sea star that has succumbed to the disease. It is slightly graphic/gross.

Notes:

http://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/pacificrockyinte...


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Seattle, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.57, Long: -122.42

Spotted on Aug 9, 2014
Submitted on Aug 9, 2014

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