Scientists Find Out What's Been Killing Millions Of Starfish
Scientists have found the cause of the biggest marine epidemic in history: the virus behind starfish wasting disease.By Sebastian Martinez | November 18, 2014
Scientists have identified the culprit behind a disease that's killed millions of starfish along the West Coast — an outbreak that could have a significant impact on marine ecosystems.
In a study published Monday, researchers said they could chalk up the wasting disease to a specific virus that drastically weakens the starfishes' immune systems.
The virus can lead to some pretty gruesome symptoms, like the starfish detaching its own arms without regenerating them, and essentially dissolving the starfish into goo. (Video via PBS)