Sea star wasting disease among worst wildlife die-offs ever recorded, say scientists

January 21, 2016
The sea star wasting disease that’s caused mysterious and dramatic die-offs on the Pacific coast is still killing the animals — and hitting a bigger range of species over a larger area than originally thought. Scientists investigating the disease in the U.S. and Canada met in Seattle, Wash. to share the latest findings on the phenomenon.
“This is, if not the, certainly one of the biggest wildlife die-offs that have ever been recorded, and we’re not just talking marine die-offs,” said Dr. Martin Haulena, head veterinarian for the Vancouver Aquarium.
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