An 'Unprecedented' Epidemic Is Wiping Out The West Coast's Sea Stars
In 2013, marine scientists witnessed a real-life, aquatic version of Contagion. Over the summer, divers in Monterrey, California were treated to a horror scene of sea stars with limbs torn asunder and bodies disintegrating. Soon, major aquariums up and down the West Coast reported their sea stars went from paragons of health to dead in weeks. Beaches became littered with dead and dying sea stars or their remnants.