-Deaths and wasting both underwater and in the rocky tide pools on the beach
-Starfish curled up and or hiding in unusual ways
-Groups of starfish washed up onto the beach
There is an incredibly horrible epidemic that is growing within the sea star population. Sea videographer and diver Laura James has started the use of hashtags #sickstarfish or #nosickstarfish to help scientists gather information from crowdsourcing. Please, if you notice any of the above listed behaviors, take a photo and add the hashtags to hopefully help find what is causing this terrible outbreak.
"We may not be able to stop it, and we may not be able to fix it but we need to be aware so that we can recognize it when it happens again..." -Laura James