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Sea star population slowly recovers from wasting syndrome




This undated photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from
This undated photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from "sea star wasting disease" - it's missing one arm and has tissue damage to another.
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Over the last year, sea stars have been devastated by a syndrome that turns their bodies into goo. The Sea Star Wasting Syndrome has decimated populations up and down the West Coast, but they might be making a comeback.

Pete Raimondi, chairman of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, brings us the latest on how the species is faring.