Mid sound is still suffering issues, the mottled stars are the primary asteroid showing recovery (small ones a year or so ago grown to now mid sized) and even so, up to 20% of those on a given dive are wasting. We still have very few Ochre stars of which one or two always seem to be wasting and i can’t remember the last time i saw even a juvenile sunflower at the coves.
From reports it sounds like there are pockets of healthy ochre stars around the mid sound (over on the far side of Gig Harbor area etc.), it would be awesome to map these pockets and understand if they were just less impacted or what. These pockets though, all seem like collections of mostly adults, meaning that here in the mid sound anyway perhaps they were not impacted so much in the first place. That said, I don’t know how long it takes for an ochre star to grow to adult size.
This images that Jan K has been sharing show smaller mottled stars in prevalence but with wasting as he’s described above.
If anything the reports basically indicate that we need more data. So taking note of sea stars on your dives and reporting back would be outstanding.
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