A starfish horror story is unfolding in the North American Pacific coast
The more arms ... to dismember
Imagine a disease that forces your limbs to tear themselves off and run from your body before you dissolve into a mass of goo. While it sounds like the makings of a gore movie, this is exactly what is happening to starfish across the North American Pacific coast. PBS reporter Katie Campbell describes the disease in horrifying terms: "The arms crawl in opposite directions, until they tear away from the body and their insides spill out."
"Starfish Wasting Syndrome" was first observed in the Pacific Northwest last summer and has now spread across most North American Pacific shores. The pathogen responsible for this grotesques disease is still unknown, but scientists say they are making good progress and may reveal the answers in coming months.
A possible (however unlikely and ecologically dangerous) silver lining: What if this pathogen can teach us how to manage Crown of Thorns starfish in the Indo-Pacific?
PBS News reports: