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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Local Starfish: They Okay?

News of a strange die-off of sunflower starfish off the B.C. coast comes to our attention.  You can read about it here and look at pictures, too.  I've not seen sunflower starfish down here off Point Roberts--just the purple ones--but then I don't spend a lot of time looking for them.  Anybody seeing dead ones?  Of any kind?

update:  http://kuow.org/post/mass-starfish-die-may-be-headed-washington

second update:  http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Sudden+disappearance+sardines+serious+economic+ecological/9034961/story.html
The sardines/pilchards have all disappeared too.


Anonymous said...

Sunflower starfish are a fairly common sight on the south side of the Point, best seen at low tide clinging to the bottom of boulders or in puddles around the boulders at the marina entrance and also the boulders near South Beach House along to Lily Point.

Rod Taylor said...

I have spent dozens of hours diving all around Point Roberts diving commercially for sea cucumbers and can tell you that there is no shortage of sunflower seastars all is ok in the waters of the point.