Why are starfish literally ripping themselves apart off the Pacific Coast? We’re an environment journalist and a diver/videographer reporting on the mysterious disease. Ask us anything.
My short bio: We’ve been on the front lines of the epidemic for months. I’m Katie Campbell, a reporter for EarthFix/KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS affiliate, and I’m here with Seattle diver and underwater videographer Laura James. You may have seen our video that aired on the PBS NewsHour. The video has been viewed nearly a million times, shared worldwide thanks to reddit. Hundreds have weighed in on possible causes of this peculiar syndrome. Still nobody knows what’s killing these starfish or where it will strike next. Laura has been collecting samples of sick starfish and gathering video evidence of the die-offs in Puget Sound. She’s built the Sickstarfish website to gather citizen scientist reports. To thank the reddit community, we’re here to chat with you and answer your questions.
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