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Starfish disease found on Oregon coast

PORTLAND (AP) — A disease that has been killing starfish on the West Coast has been found in Oregon.

Oregon Coast Aquarium divers at the entrance to Yaquina Bay on April 27 found starfish with “sea star wasting disease” that causes their arms to fall off and turn to goo.

The Oregonian reports divers will survey coastal waters through October to monitor the disease and perhaps help determine the cause.

Others can report sick or healthy starfish online at inaturalist.org and sickstarfish.com.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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