Formerly known as starfish, sea stars are being wiped out on a wide scale by a wasting disease. Marine scientists describe what they’re seeing as “gruesome,” “nasty” and “grisly.” Here, sunflower sea stars off the coast of British Columbia are pictured in various stages of life and death.
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