Formerly known as starfish, the creatures are being wiped out on a wide scale by a wasting disease.
A healthy sunflower sea star that measures three feet across cruises across the bottom of waters off British Columbia. These stars are among the largest and fastest-moving in the world and possess as many as 20 or more rays. They are formidable carnivores, eating a large variety of bivalves, snails and crustaceans. Neil McDaniel Buy Photo