After mysterious die-off, sea stars making a comeback – Orange County Register

It was like something out of a seaside horror movie.

Sea stars, once familiar and beautiful and iconic, suddenly had lesions covering their bodies; a sign that something was horribly wrong. Within a day, the stars with lesions started to melt, turning into globs of goo. And, soon after, any sea stars near them suffered the same gruesome fate.

In all, from 2013 to 2014, millions of sea stars died, the largest known Sea Star Wasting Syndrome incident on record. The die-off spanned from British Columbia to the shores of Southern California down to Mexico. It was, and is, a mystery.

But now, marine scientists are looking in Southern California tidepools and seeing hope — in the form of millions of new, palm-sized sea stars.

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