Well, it was a nice idea…

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

After arriving home to Ithaca on Wednesday night, Elliot and Ian waited anxiously for the sea stars to arrive – two days late and evidently in rough shape. Overnight a staff member from fedex had communicated that the boxes had been almost flattened (squished) in transit, and that there was “a little water” left.

At 10:30 this morning the fedex delivery finally arrived, and we were, for lack of a better word, speechless. I’ve never seen boxes delivered in worse shape – they were completely mishandled. Someone must have dropped these from the side of a plane (or they survived a plane wreck… who knows).

FullSizeRenderIMG_3643IMG_3637Something tells me the packages were dropped from a significant height…

Nervously, Ian and Elliot unpacked the bags in which the animals had been placed, which were – remarkably- still intact less two which had clearly exploded. However, all the bags were at room temp…

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