During our field trip last week to Larrabee State Park, we observed a pretty disturbing sight. Many ochre sea stars appeared dead. They were white, falling apart, and many seemed to be liquifying right in front of us.
Then on the news this morning, there was a story about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. It's something many scientists are studying, including local scientist Ben Minor at Western Washington University.
This video explains some of the local efforts to understand the phenomenon
and this is the news story we listened to on the radio: