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Scientists are searching for clues to what’s been killing starfish up and down the West Coast. The mysterious die-offs were first noticed in Washington State.
That’s where KCTS Seattle has been partnering with the environmental public media project EarthFix to get to the bottom of the epidemic.
KATIE CAMPBELL: Something strange is happening in Seattle’s waters. Laura James was one of the first to notice. She alerted scientists when starfish began washing up on the shores near her home.
LAURA JAMES, diver/videographer: And I thought, you know what? This is getting a little too close for comfort. I need go see what’s going on and I need document it.
KATIE CAMPBELL: As a diver and underwater videographer, James was equipped to do something. She decided to take her camera to a spot popular among both divers and starfish. These pilings are usually covered with a rainbow of starfish. On a recent dive, James discovered a scene from a horror film.
LAURA JAMES: There were just bodies everywhere. And they were just like splats. To me, it always looked like somebody had taken a laser gun and just zapped them and they just vaporized.
KATIE CAMPBELL: Starfish, also known as sea stars, are wasting away by the tens of thousands, not just in Puget Sound, but up and down North America’s Pacific Coast. And nobody knows why.
LAURA JAMES: I have been diving out here for almost 24 years, and people always ask me, do you see any big difference between now and when you started?
And I have seen some subtle differences, but this is the change of my lifetime. We have had now occasional die-offs here and there, but it’s not like this. It’s not a mass mortality event.
I’m just a diver. I need to find out what the scientists know.
Hmmmm, very mysterious epidemic we have here, and scientists agree that is not from Fukushima
True facts about Ocean Radiation and the Fukushima Disaster
I’m here to tell you that these posts are just plain garbage. While there are terrible things that happened around the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan; Alaska, Hawaii and the West Coast aren’t in any danger.
Sorry , i trust these sources more than (insert your sources). Please don't derail this thread with Fukushima , there is something else here.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its coral since the mid-1980s, much of that because of a ravenous species of starfish that can each consume some 12 square yards (10 square meters) of coral in a year, scientists reported Tuesday.
According to a study by the Australian government's Institute of Marine Sciences and the University of Wollongong, the coral cover on the world's largest coral reef ecosystem suffered damage from tropical cyclones (48%), the crown-of-thorns starfish (42%), and coral bleaching (10%).
Please dont derail this thread with Fukushima , there is something else here.
Anyone who even considers this theory is obviously incapable of critical thinking and should be automatically dismissed as a crazy conspiracy theorist