Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

Some good news for a change. After concern that we’d lost all the stars in transit, somehow a few have survived the absolutely abhorrent conditions and are crawling in our tanks! It’s a miracle and shows just how robust these animals can be. And I think we can now exclude FedEx as the cause of wasting disease…

Upon coming into the lab this morning, Elliot was treated to the sight of not just a couple but all the sea stars in one of our tanks up on the walls – a good sign that they are still alive (actually, the only sign they are still alive!). Inspection of our larger tank also revealed that about half of our Evasterias had also survived – in fact, one or two looked downright healthy, amazing given their rough travel. After Jacob quickly performed a 40% water change, we moved the live stars to…

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