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EarthFix Reports
8:35 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing Pacific Starfish Die-Offs?

Scientists in Washington state are conducting lab-based infectiousnesss experiments to understand how the epidemic is spreading.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Scientists seeking the answer to why starfish are dying off along parts of the west coast are almost certain that they can cross radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster off the list of causes.

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EarthFix Reports
8:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Northwest Starfish Experiments Give Scientists Clues To Mysterious Mass Die-Offs

A dying Pisaster ochraceus sea star in the waters off West Seattle dangles by its tentacles off an underwater piling that would normally be covered with a rainbow of sea stars.
Credit Laura James

Near the ferry docks on Puget Sound, a group of scientists and volunteer divers shimmy into suits and double-check their air tanks.

They move with the urgency of a group on a mission. And they are. They’re trying to solve a marine mystery.

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Mystery Marine Killer
7:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Mass Starfish Die-Off May Be Headed For Washington

Disembodied arms of a diseased sea star near Popham Island, 12 miles northwest of Vancouver, B.C.
Courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

Scientists in two nations are on the lookout for an underwater epidemic that is killing starfish. 

In September, divers in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound near Vancouver, British Columbia, noticed the pizza-sized starfish known as sunflower stars wasting away and dying in large numbers.

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