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(International Business Times)   Scientists say starfish wasting disease probably won't jump to humans and make your arms fall off and your body dissolve into goo   (ibtimes.com) divider line 38
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2014-02-04 04:27:27 PM  
So we have that going for us, which is nice.
 
2014-02-04 04:36:29 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-02-04 04:38:59 PM  
Probably.
 
2014-02-04 04:43:01 PM  
... Yet
 
2014-02-04 04:43:18 PM  
starfish sea stars

/FTFMH, who studied marine biology and gets annoyed when the word 'starfish' is used.
 
2014-02-04 04:43:57 PM  
Thanks Obama.
 
2014-02-04 04:50:44 PM  
www.herogohome.com
 
2014-02-04 04:54:33 PM  
I'd pay to watch that...
 
2014-02-04 04:54:37 PM  
THE
SPLAT
OF US
 
2014-02-04 05:03:46 PM  
I give it another month before the pharmaceutical industry starts making a vaccine and the media starts pushing stories about how it *COULD* jump (even though it hasn't).

Money's awesome.  People always want more.
 
2014-02-04 05:35:02 PM  
dceqiz5mzs7j4.cloudfront.net
 
2014-02-04 06:01:57 PM  
I have the treatment for the next Made-for-SyFy hit ready to get scripted...
 
2014-02-04 06:02:02 PM  
Devastating Disease Turns Starfish Into 'Splats'

better than Spluts, which you should beware of
 
2014-02-04 06:07:00 PM  
So...starfish have leprosy?
 
2014-02-04 06:42:36 PM  
It's the tea baggers and the deniers.
 
2014-02-04 06:43:17 PM  
...probably...
 
2014-02-04 07:01:09 PM  
As long as it doesn't spread to the chocolate starfish population.
 
2014-02-04 07:39:58 PM  
There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.
 
2014-02-04 07:52:32 PM  
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/salt-water-fish-extinction-seen-by-2048/

Cheery headline:
Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048
 
2014-02-04 08:46:44 PM  

Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.


Some people deserve no less.
 
2014-02-04 08:47:12 PM  

Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.


Source? Please? C'mon man, don't hold out on me!
 
2014-02-04 08:59:50 PM  

sethen320: I give it another month before the pharmaceutical industry starts making a vaccine and the media starts pushing stories about how it *COULD* jump (even though it hasn't).

Money's awesome.  People always want more.


Save us!

spyhollywood.com
 
2014-02-04 09:42:57 PM  

TheOther: sethen320: I give it another month before the pharmaceutical industry starts making a vaccine and the media starts pushing stories about how it *COULD* jump (even though it hasn't).

Money's awesome.  People always want more.

Save us!


It was more aimed at all of the made up crap we have. I'm not anti vax. It was just my cynicism showing.
 
2014-02-04 09:48:06 PM  

KJUW89: starfish sea stars

/FTFMH, who studied marine biology and gets annoyed when the word 'starfish' is used.


Wow, I didn't know that.

m-w.com
sea star (n.) starfish

dictionary.com
sea star (n.) starfish

Oh, wait, I did know.

/seriously, that's like arguing the brontosaur is really an apatosaur
 
2014-02-04 09:48:45 PM  

Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.


Do the arms then regenerate the rest of the starfish, resulting in five identical starfishes, which then tear each other apart, making 125 identical starfishes, etc. in a kaleidoscopic display of fractal marine horror?

Because I bet some stoners would pay good money to watch that sped up really fast.
 
2014-02-04 10:10:11 PM  
Thanks, Obama!
 
2014-02-04 10:34:25 PM  
Fukugoo
 
2014-02-04 11:43:26 PM  

Mister Peejay: Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.

Do the arms then regenerate the rest of the starfish, resulting in five identical starfishes, which then tear each other apart, making 125 identical starfishes, etc. in a kaleidoscopic display of fractal marine horror?

Because I bet some stoners would pay good money to watch that sped up really fast.


Nope. This thing prevents regeneration. Their guts spill out and they die a, probably, horribly painful death.
 
2014-02-04 11:44:18 PM  

New Farkin User Name: Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.

Source? Please? C'mon man, don't hold out on me!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRohJfskNWs  Right about 3:26 shows one.  Sorry for late reply.
 
2014-02-04 11:51:09 PM  
Fukushima
 
2014-02-05 12:00:42 AM  

Dr.Gonzo7719: Fukushima


it's as good a guess as any
 
2014-02-05 03:56:26 AM  

Evil High Priest: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/salt-water-fish-extinction-seen-by-2048/

Cheery headline:
Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048


Fish Biologist here.
Worm et al. was thoroughly trashed long ago. That link is from 2006. By 2007 it was pretty much debunked. That paper is a bit of a sad joke now.

Yes, many fisheries are terrible around the world, but most of the fisheries in the US are, by law (Magnusen-Stevens . Fishery Conservation and. Management Act ), healthy or improving. There are other countries who have implemented good management practices as well.

http://blog.nature.org/2010/11/fisheries-apocalypse-ocean-fish-stock -p eter-kareiva-ray-hilborn/
 
2014-02-05 06:58:06 AM  

Sheseala: New Farkin User Name: Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.

Source? Please? C'mon man, don't hold out on me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRohJfskNWs  Right about 3:26 shows one.  Sorry for late reply.


Well, you and Giraffe Autopsy have ensured I'm not sleeping any time soon.

There might be a Re-Animator sequel if it did jump to humans but after watching the credits in the one with the severed penis, I wouldn't have the guts to ask Jeffrey Combs to come back.
 
2014-02-05 01:29:20 PM  

Veloram: Mister Peejay: Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.

Do the arms then regenerate the rest of the starfish, resulting in five identical starfishes, which then tear each other apart, making 125 identical starfishes, etc. in a kaleidoscopic display of fractal marine horror?

Because I bet some stoners would pay good money to watch that sped up really fast.

Nope. This thing prevents regeneration. Their guts spill out and they die a, probably, horribly painful death.


Fish don't have souls, so they can't feel pain.

/Fact
 
2014-02-05 01:49:17 PM  

RKTeuthis: Evil High Priest: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/salt-water-fish-extinction-seen-by-2048/

Cheery headline:
Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048

Fish Biologist here.
Worm et al. was thoroughly trashed long ago. That link is from 2006. By 2007 it was pretty much debunked. That paper is a bit of a sad joke now.

Yes, many fisheries are terrible around the world, but most of the fisheries in the US are, by law (Magnusen-Stevens . Fishery Conservation and. Management Act ), healthy or improving. There are other countries who have implemented good management practices as well.

http://blog.nature.org/2010/11/fisheries-apocalypse-ocean-fish-stock -p eter-kareiva-ray-hilborn/


Thanks, glad to hear it!
 
2014-02-05 05:07:06 PM  

Veloram: Mister Peejay: Sheseala: There was a video on NPR.  The arms don't just fall off, they walk away from each other tearing the starfish apart.

Do the arms then regenerate the rest of the starfish, resulting in five identical starfishes, which then tear each other apart, making 125 identical starfishes, etc. in a kaleidoscopic display of fractal marine horror?

Because I bet some stoners would pay good money to watch that sped up really fast.

Nope. This thing prevents regeneration. Their guts spill out and they die a, probably, horribly painful death.


I thought the thing with starfish was that they didn't have "guts" per se, with seawater itself being the vital fluid that moved nutrients around, and a pentalateral nervous system with no central brain stem, just a nerve ring around the center, which is why a starfish torn in half could regenerate each missing half.

But if the starfish dies from the disease, then so much for my "make money from stoners" idea.  See, the trick is, you sell the tickets cheap, but you make your money on cookies and nachos.

/so just like any other movie theater except with more cookies
 
2014-02-05 08:59:20 PM  
More yummy bivalves for me, biatches.
 
2014-02-06 01:44:51 AM  

Psylence: Dr.Gonzo7719: Fukushima

it's as good a guess as any


Except its not a good guess. It's shown up on the EAST coast too.

That and the fact that it would be measurable if it was that significant.

So no. It's not that. People have been bottle fed so much bs on how dangerous radioactives are they it's all fear and no understanding.
 
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