Starfish Horror Show on PBS Newshour
Like something out of a ecological horror film star starfish are literally tearing themselves apart.
A disease that has yet to be classified causes the starfish arms to twist and then rip away from the rest of the body allowing its insides to pour out. Scientists are currently researching what may cause it. Before you go screaming Fukushima read this article from DeepSeaNews.com – it’s been happening long before that. Studies so far believe that there is likely a viral connection. The disease, whatever it is, effects many different types of starfish, though doesn’t seem to spread through close contact.
A videographer, seen in the video is calling on people who see sick or dismembered starfish to take a photo with the hashtag #sickstarfish – as they are compiling reports on the website SickStarfish.com. While their map doesn’t have any Alaskan hits so far – there has been previous reports of this disease in Alaska according to the video.
More video’s documenting the starfish disease.