WEB Notes: The increase in die-offs around the globe is staggaring to say the least. In the second article at the bottom of this post the quote by the scientist is very telling. He states, “no pathogen has ever wiped out its host population without being pushed significantly by some otherenvironmental factor.” What happened in this region of the world several years ago? The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and it surly cannot be helping the situation. Another article today that stated, ‘thousands of birds have died on the shoreline of Alaska‘.
The sea star wasting disease that’s causing mysterious and dramatic die-offs on the Pacific coast is still killing the animals — and hitting a bigger range of species over a larger area than originally thought.
Even if the exact cause of the die-off is still being debated, the scientists agreed on the scale of the problem, said Dr. Martin Haulena, the veterinarian for the Vancouver Aquarium who attended the workshop.
“This is, if not the, certainly one of the biggest wildlife die-offs that have ever been recorded, and we’re not just talking marine die-offs.”
Sea star die-off worst ever recorded
Source: CBS | Lahner is the Seattle Aquarium veterinarian who hosted the sea star symposium. Whatever is killing sea stars, it doesn’t affect all of them the same way. That means, the die-off probably has environmental causes, like water temperature, acidification or toxins.
“No pathogen has ever wiped out its host population without being pushed significantly by some other environmental factor,” explained Ian Hewson. “This is the single largest, most-geographically widespread marine disease that’s ever been recorded.”