Sea star die-off

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby 60south » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:11 pm

We saw many dozens of healthy, 5-armed ochre colored sea stars (apparently all the same species) in Townsend Bay today. Only one partial star (wasted?) was found. Average depth about 30 ft. Very encouraging! However, I saw only one sun star, a baby, in the same area where normally I would expect to see more.

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby oldsalt » Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:10 am

I thought I could add to this thread by checking tidepools on Sucia Island I have been visiting for over 40 years. I did so on Aug 11 at a -0.6 ft. tide. When I first arrived I saw no seastars and thought that I would report as an experienced observer that seastar wasting had hit Sucia Island. Then a 10 year-old girl shouted, "We have lots of starfish over here!" In fact we saw between 40 and 50. All Pisaster, all seemed healthy.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:42 pm

Another wave of dying for Coupeville, just as it was recovering from the last year's assault...
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby RoxnDox » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:46 am

One healthy-looking small purple star out in the tidal flats on the south side of Point No Point Sunday. We tucked him under some eelgrass in a tide pool to keep the kids playing on the beach from seeing him. About 5-6 inches across.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Echo » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:46 am

Yeah, they were looking pretty sad at Skyline last Saturday as well
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:44 pm

Not at Langley :(
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby diverden » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:17 pm

I've been noticing more sea stars around the sound. Good sign?

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Echo » Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:00 am

Look what I found on the Mukilteo Clay Wall last night at 10pm. Excuse the picture quality. There was actually 2. This one was maybe 16'' in diameter, the other maybe twice the size of my hand.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby derekcs » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:25 am

I saw several wasting stars at Redondo on Sunday. I'm forgetting what type they were, but they were pretty well wasted.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby ljjames » Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:48 am

Thats the first report this year, i saw one that sounds similar last year.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby enchantmentdivi » Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:40 am

Is something starting to hit the sea cucumbers? Saw one yesterday at Redondo that looked terrible. Its mid-section was white and waste-y looking. I really wish I'd had my camera with me...
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby ljjames » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:13 am

Yup... saw wasting in the mottled star at Cove 2 tonight :( Plus all the green urchins have moved on.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:01 pm

Wasting continues at Langley.
Did not see any at Keystone or Deception Pass.
Maybe because sea stars are so rare now there, at least comparing to Langley and before the SSWS hit.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby ljjames » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:15 pm

Thank you for that report Erika, the scientists send their regards and truly appreciate the continued diligence. Dr. Ramondi asks if we could keep our eyes open for any signs of stress in the green urchins that have moved in. There has been some wasting disease seen along the coast in them as well.

Additionally if there are anecdotal thoughts with regards to species density in other critters don't hesitate to mention, every little bit of data helps. I feel like I saw fewer nudibranch's in the mid sound this spring/summer so far, and have been finding baby green urchins up in the intertidal zone at multiple sites (they are under rocks and things). It would be great to hear what you guys are seeing/experiencing as well.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Echo » Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:14 pm

I've noticed quite a few at Mukilteo ranging from very small (hand size and smaller) to giant ochre stars in the crossed-leg stage. A good number already wasting into nothing.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby ljjames » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:01 pm

:( thanks for the report...
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby enchantmentdivi » Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:08 pm

I noticed new wasting at Redondo this week. :(
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:01 am

I wish I could say it is just a bad dream ...

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Tangfish » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:56 am

Nooo! Please say it ain't so.

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:38 am

And here we go again - the die off starting in earnest at Langley Harbor :(
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Magoi » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:27 am

Saw this sunflower yesterday at Les Davis. It was about 14 inches across, which makes it the biggest one I have seen in a few years. Also saw some wasting sea stars.
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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Tangfish » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:31 pm

I was just thinking that many of the sea stars I've been seeing look very healthy once again, even though they're in smaller quantities. But as you guys say, I don't see sunflower stars [CRYING FACE]

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby bradmond » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:36 pm

Bad news Jan...hope it passes and they recover.

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Re: Sea star die-off

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:27 am

The new round of wasting is upon us :(
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Re: Sea star die-off

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