I was recently honored by being interviewed by the Ocean Conservancy, one of my favorite organizations that works hard to help protect our Oceans. Having made provisions in my will to donate to them, they were interested in my story of my meeting a sunflower sea star. Here is the article that was just published. (This will download a PDF onto your computer)
Sadly, Sea Star Wasting Disease is still wreaking havoc with the stars. In some areas, the more common Ochre Sea Star, the 5 legged star most people are familiar with, has been making a comeback and are being found more readily along the West Coast. However, the Sunflower Sea Star has not been so lucky, and in some of the areas I used to visit and see hundreds of them in a day, they are still absent. It is still hoped that they will be able to rebound, but it isn’t likely they will ever be as abundant as they were prior to 2013 when the disease first began to decimate the population.
Let’s hope that the future brings us many more of these little ones pictured below, and that they survive until adulthood and thrive: