Research into the sea star wasting syndrome that showed up on the coast over a year ago continues.
One marine biologist, Jackie Hildering, based out of Port McNeill says she has been monitoring one specific site for 23 months and last week she saw sea stars with more significant symptoms than she has seen in previous months.
Hildering says when sea stars are under stress their legs disassociate.
She says the wasting syndrome has now been identified all along the coast from Washington up to Alaska, and it is thought a virus and maybe a secondary bacteria are to blame.
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