A new report published Monday identified the culprit behind the mysterious disease that’s been killing millions of West Coast starfish.
After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease.
They said it’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms and have dubbed it as “sea star associated denso virus.”
Oddly enough, West Coast starfish have been living with the virus for decades. The densovirus was detected in preserved starfish specimens from as far back as the 1940s.