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(Santa Rosa Press Democrat)   Widespread starfish deaths reported in which creatures dissolve into goo. Technically, it's called "sea star wasting disease" if you want to be anal about it   (pressdemocrat.com) divider line 20
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2013-11-04 10:10:15 AM  
So a bunch of dumb creatures are dying off?

If that is not proof of intelligent design, I don't know what is.
 
2013-11-04 11:00:11 AM  
Are ya ready kids?
 
2013-11-04 11:04:35 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-04 11:57:58 AM  
Fukushima, Sonoma Coast Beach...
 
2013-11-04 12:02:52 PM  
This would be all the antidepressants and caffeine in the ocean water.
You can't just wash those chemicals away.
 
2013-11-04 12:08:04 PM  
I'm sure something else will rise up to eat all the disgusting crap that accumulates in tide pools.
 
2013-11-04 12:59:01 PM  
This gives a whole new meaning to the term "Santorum."
 
2013-11-04 01:00:49 PM  

bdub77: So a bunch of dumb creatures are dying off?

If that is not proof of intelligent design, I don't know what is.


I get that this is supposed to be a funny, but something like this is deadly serious.

Pisaster Ochraceus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisaster_ochraceus ), the most commonly observed intertidal sea star on the west coast is a "keystone species" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_species) and one could argue that other species of sea star fall into that category making them more of a "keystone species group."

If these animals are dying off, it does not bode well, both as an indicator and directly for the health of communities that they are otherwise an integral part of.

(fark you, ending in a preposition is perfectly legitimate and against no formal rule in English.)
 
2013-11-04 01:03:26 PM  

ikanreed: I'm sure something else will rise up to eat all the disgusting crap that accumulates in tide pools.


Sea stars are not scavengers, per se; they are active predators.
 
2013-11-04 01:07:51 PM  
So, is this a bacterial infection? TFA mentions a bacterial infection that occurs when the water is warmer, then notes that the water is cooler than usual.
 
2013-11-04 01:29:16 PM  
Starro's plans for conquest on hold?
 
2013-11-04 02:01:00 PM  
They were starfish when I was a kid, and they will always be starfish, basking under a sky with nine planets.
 
2013-11-04 02:01:54 PM  
same thing happens if you put star fish in fresh water, they turn into goo.
I lived near a beach and wanted to make a dried star fish.  for whatever reason I thought I should wash it before tossing it onto the roof.

goo.
 
2013-11-04 02:52:37 PM  

madgordy: same thing happens if you put star fish in fresh water, they turn into goo.
I lived near a beach and wanted to make a dried star fish.  for whatever reason I thought I should wash it before tossing it onto the roof.

goo.


It's an interesting point. As salt-water organisms they have to hold onto water to avoid being dehydrated, since they require a lower internal salinity than sea-water. Put them in fresh-water and they basically dissolve as their cells can't vent the excess coming in.
 
2013-11-04 06:36:14 PM  

eltejon: They were starfish when I was a kid, and they will always be starfish, basking under a sky with nine planets.


Gotta let go of Planet X...it's just not real.  There are only 8 planets in the sky.
 
2013-11-04 09:03:22 PM  

eltejon: They were starfish when I was a kid, and they will always be starfish, basking under a sky with nine planets.


Well, eight.  Unless the starfish are on the Moon or one of the other non-planetary bodies.

/starfish on the moon?
/they carry a harpoon...
 
2013-11-04 10:32:47 PM  

Nuclear Monk: eltejon: They were starfish when I was a kid, and they will always be starfish, basking under a sky with nine planets.

Gotta let go of Planet X...it's just not real.  There are only 8 planets in the sky.


i.qkme.me

Sorry, man.  You aren't going to just get rid of Pluto so easily.  I mean, it has a frelling moon.
 
2013-11-05 07:19:36 AM  

blue_2501: Nuclear Monk: eltejon: They were starfish when I was a kid, and they will always be starfish, basking under a sky with nine planets.

Gotta let go of Planet X...it's just not real.  There are only 8 planets in the sky.

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Sorry, man.  You aren't going to just get rid of Pluto so easily.  I mean, it has a frelling moon.


You can't, like, be in your own sky, man.
 
2013-11-05 05:09:19 PM  
what a real screaming starfish looks like
2.bp.blogspot.com
for the nightmare fuel, you are welcome
 
2013-11-05 05:39:43 PM  

redonkulon: what a real screaming starfish looks like
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for the nightmare fuel, you are welcome


He speaks for the seas
 
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