Underwater video: State of the sea stars near Seacrest

June 29, 2014 at 10:11 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 2 Comments

Sea Star Survey 6/26/2014 from Laura James on Vimeo.

From “Diver Laura” James, that’s the latest underwater look at the state of sea stars (aka “starfish”) at Cove 2 near Seacrest. Earlier this week, we featured video from a CCTV report on the sea-star dieoff, with Laura among the interviewees, in her role as a “citizen scientist.” The newest report was published last night on SeattleTimes.com (WSB partner), with a West Seattle focus, though our area is far from alone in experiencing the epidemic. Meantime, Laura summarizes what she observed in the video (from a dive on Thursday) as:

I’d gotten reports of baby stars showing up so figured it was time to go take a peek. It is really only one species that is showing what is hopefully signs of recovery (they still have to make it to ‘large’ size before it counts) the Evasterias or “mottled star”. Only a few pisaster (the purple ones) and zero pycnopodia (sunflower stars).

A reminder – if you spot sea stars on the beach or in the water, your observations can help too: sickstarfish.com.

2 Comments

  1. I’m cautiously optimistic by the baby sea star sightings. Beautiful video as always from Diver Laura. What is the name of the song being played?

    Comment by m — 11:16 pm June 29, 2014 #

  2. m, the song is ‘Teardrop’ by Massive attack.

    Comment by Tim — 11:34 am June 30, 2014 #

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