Virus Suspected in Sea Star Die-Offs
I painted my sea star picture from photos I took along the Oregon coast in the summer of 2013. By the summer of 2014, there were virtually no starfish to be found. So far the syndrome has struck 20 species of sea stars! No one knows exactly why it happens. Epidemics of wasting syndrome occur periodically, so hopefully, within a short time, these beautiful sea creatures will be back in force once again! Our oceans and all sea creatures need protecting.