Image: Sea Star (Oregon Coast Aquarium).

Scientists announced the discovery of “melting” sea stars off the coast of Oregon this week, the state’s first known sighting of the mysterious condition that began appearing throughout West Coast waters last year. According to Jim Burke, Oregon Coast Aquarium’s director of animal husbandry and dive operations, several species of sea star in Yaquina Bay were recently found in the advanced wasting stage. “One could speculate that it’s just beginning and will continue to be detrimental to the sea star population,” Burke told the Statesman Journal. More