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Environment  (tags: climate, climate-change, conservation, endangered, environment, globalwarming, habitat, habitatdestruction, oceans, nature, water, wildlife )

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Scientists are trying to figure out what is causing the deaths of hundreds of sea stars (starfish) near Orcas Island in Puget Sound in Washington State........


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Lynda GettingBetter (123)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 2:54 am
Thanks, Diane. Very worrying indeed. I wonder if it's possible to vaccinate starfish?

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 5:56 am
So sad...wonder just what other life will left other than us sad pathetic sacks. Thanks

Timothy Spurlin (29)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 6:16 am
This is just the start for marine life, and land life. Humans have added to the natural climate change, but humans are not the sole cause of climate change or aka global warming.

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 6:41 am
So sad, so many creatures are dying and we don't always know why, and even when we do, there isn't much we can do about it as the cause is so complicated and connected to so many environmental issues. Thanks Diane.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 7:14 am

Richard S (209)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 7:46 am
We think it's radiation from Fukushima that has arrived on the west coast..

Mary B (28)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 9:13 am
Diane, have you heard of any dying on our side of the border ?.We share so much with Washington State.

Pamela W (75)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 9:20 am
Thanks Diane - Noted !! This is just SO sad and so widespread .... never realised how many species there are. It's bad enough already - is this just the start of things to come ??? Doesn't bear thinking about !!!

Kamia T (89)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 9:44 am
Since this is primarily happening all up and down the western coast of the US, it seems pretty logical to believe that the radiation from Fukushima is now taking its toll. So very sad, and to the best of my knowledge, there's nothing we can do to avoid it. What we do need to be doing is putting huge pressure on Japan, because Fukushima is STILL leaking!

Ellen m (215)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 11:50 am
Just a few weeks ago they came out with a study that shows CO2 emissions are raising the acidity levels here in our beautiful Puget Sound.
This is having deadly effects on our shellfish populations ofsecies like crabs, clams and muscles to name a few.
It also affects species that need these to survive as well as the whole aquatic food chain.

I don't have to tell you what this will mean locally.
But he impact financially, recreationally and culturally are nothing compared to what it will do to this poor planet of ours.

And right after that story they again started in anew about letting more coal trains run our rails, most of which ard located not far from the Sound.
To sell to China.
Sad and unconscionable IMHO .

Lady Suki (446)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 12:32 pm
Thanks for the forward, Dianne. Very sad.

Diane L (110)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 11:47 pm
No, Mary, I haven't YET. The story was on TV last week and centered around Orcas Island,but as you know, that's pretty close to the Washington/Canadian border.

I have tropical fish (saltwater) and I know how important water quality is to marine life. I once bought a starfish, and the fish store owner didn't explain to me how delicate it was regarding nitrites, nitrates, etc. and the poor thing died within 24 hours. I think intertebrates are the first to show signs of distress. This is very alarming to me, as if the sea stars (starfish) are dying in such numbers, what is next?

Athena F (131)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 2:41 am

Marija M (25)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 2:42 am
sad, ty Dianne

Katherine May W (0)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 3:36 am

Victoria Oakey (124)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 6:08 am
Sad news, mysterious deaths is a lie, pollution, contamination from Fukushima and acidification are all combining to kill aquatic species and sea stars are especially vulnerable to all this. Ty for the information.

Gail Ring (89)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 8:02 am
thanks for sharing.. truly sad.. that we are loosing these buuutiful species

. (0)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 8:36 am
Noted. Started hearing about this last year. It's not just warming oceans; it's what's being put into the oceans such as heavy metals; pesticides; fertilizers and plastics too. Sea stars are the ones we're hearing about right now. We will hear about more species as these conditions persist and multiply.

Candy Carr (16)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 10:16 am
Thnk u for sharing

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 11:26 am
Sadly noted. Thanks for the info, Diane. Am suspicious of Fukushima, as well. Spammer flagged again!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 5:30 pm
thanks shared

Diane L (110)
Monday June 23, 2014, 12:06 am
Thank you, Kathleen! Geez, I don't submit stories very often, and now this one has been HIT by two spammers, already. I can't figure out what they hope to gain. NOBODY is going to read their crap or buy their products. The one "above" has now commented (spammed) 3 discussions 'm following. Poor Customer Support is off on week-ends and these creeps know it.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 25, 2014, 11:33 pm
Thank you for sharing, sadly noted.

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 12:51 am
Diane this is terribly sad news and I hope that research will find out the true cause of why the starfish are dying in Puget Sound. All waterways are interconnected so I fear for many other species in other areas. Sending prayers that whatever 'it' is can be stopped. If it's the radiation from Fukushima then God help us all !

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 12:59 am
This almost certainly the result of a combination of factors including ocean acidification, warm ocean temperatures, and probably some form of fungal infection spreading among the population. It isn't Fukushima, because the amount of radiation reaching the Northwest Coast from Fukushima is so insignificant that it isn't easily differentiated from natural background radiation in the environment.
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