B.C. starfish are dissolving into goo
- From Alaska to Mexicoâ€”and all along the B.C. coastâ€”an iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. â€śIâ€™d do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them,â€ť says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia whoâ€™s been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades at sites around Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock. Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star.