YACHATS, OR (KPTV) –
Starfish on the Oregon coast are gradually recovering, after a disease wiped out more than half the population in 2014.
The wasting disease, which had an unknown origin, killed between 60 percent and 90 percent of the sea star population at any given site along the coast.
“Animals developed lesions on their bodies. Sometimes those got worse and turned into holes through their outer body wall. Sometimes arms fell off,” said Bruce Menge, an OSU researcher working to evaluate the extent of the sea stars’