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Critically Endangered Sunflower Sea Stars Found In Yaquina Bay

(Newport, OR) -- Staff from the Oregon Coast Aquarium found 25 critically endangered sunflower sea stars in Yaquina Bay. Between 2013 and 2017, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome killed 90-percent of the sunflower sea star population and they were surprised to find so many of the sea stars in one location. Fully grown, sunflower sea stars can reach four feet across and have as many as 26 arms. The group included one adult and 24 juveniles. They say it could mean the species is making a recovery.

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