Sea stars are dying off at dramatic rates across the West Coast from Baja California in Mexico to Alaska. The wasting disease that is affecting sea stars also is not specific to one species: more than 20 sea star species have been affected so far.
USGS scientists have been part of team studying this new epidemic. Scientists have found a densovirus that may be responsible for the sea star deaths: Sea Star Associated Densovirus (SSaDV).
Virus Calculated as Culprit Killing Sea Stars — Soundwaves Newsletter
Sea Star Wasting Syndrome — Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring
Nearshore Benthic Systems in the Gulf of Alaska — Gulf Watch Alaska