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Sea Star Mass Mortality Hits West Coast

Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality called sea star wasting syndrome. Early signs of the syndrome can include a “deflated” appearance, unnatural twisting, or small lesions on the surface that may increase in size and number. Wasting syndrome can progress rapidly, and often leads to loss of arms, softening of tissue, and eventual death just a few days after external signs become visible. Although similar sea star wasting events have occurred previously, a mortality event […]

Shipwreck Identified At California Channel Islands

Seventy years after it was scuttled off Los Angeles, government archaeologists have found the wrecked remains of a rare Pacific Coast schooner that was used in the lumber trade in the early 1900s. The Billings, a five-masted schooner built in 1903 by Halls Bros. of Port Blakeley, Washington, hauled lumber from the Northwest to Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Australia and Southern California. After decades servicing the lumber trade it was converted into a sportfishing barge. In 1941, the owner decided to scuttle the aging vessel […]

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