beschizza — 2014-06-16T13:00:04-04:00 — #1
spunkytws — 2014-06-16T13:56:45-04:00 — #2
From the article, the viruses and bacteria of starfish have never been studied before because starfish aren't "“of commercial importance.” And yet they are also a "keystone predator" that plays a vital role in shaping the environment.
I'd say that makes them pretty bloody commercially important. It's just that until now they've been considered either a decoration or a nuisance.
elguapo22222 — 2014-06-16T15:50:53-04:00 — #3
First it was honey bees, now it's starfish, next it will probably be kittens. :^(
catgrin — 2014-06-16T16:37:02-04:00 — #4
Found this, and it sounds like scientists postulate overpopulation may have allowed a disease to run rampant. People are posting a lot about the huge die-off numbers, but they aren't posting about the huge numbers of sea stars that were around prior to this event.
This may be nature falling back into balance.
clamb — 2014-06-17T14:11:11-04:00 — #5
Horrifying pictures of huge colonies of kittens suddenly dying by tearing themselves apart are racing through my mind.
catgrin — 2014-06-17T14:13:31-04:00 — #6
OK, you wrote that, and I added tiny ponies tied to their limbs.
beschizza — 2014-06-21T13:00:06-04:00 — #7
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