sea star

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Afternoon Art: Clay Sea Stars Dive in and design a stellar sea star out of clay. 1-4 p.m. Sat., July 21. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 12 July 2018 Some have gotten lucky, having never been hit by storms or swarms of ravenous sea stars. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 Warmer waters also mean that coral-eating sea stars survive longer, lay more eggs, and cause more damage. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 In 2005, the Moorea reefs faced hordes of crown-of-thorn sea stars, which eat coral polyps. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 Tanks are filled with fish and sea creatures; brave kids can gently (with two fingers) touch lobsters, quahogs, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other marine life. BostonGlobe.com, "How to do Cape Cod on a budget," 6 June 2018 The study, published in the journal Ecography, said the sea urchin population skyrocketed after the 2013 outbreak of a disease that killed off sea stars, the urchins’ primary predator. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterey Bay Aquarium’s program to save sea otters revives their habitat," 21 Apr. 2018 The sea star that normally eats them died off from disease suddenly in 2013, the North Coast sea otter population hasn’t recovered, and humans prefer the meatier red urchin. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California divers try to save abalone population — with a giant sea urchin vacuum," 5 Apr. 2018 The Haystack Rock Awareness Program conducts similar surveys for sea stars and marine debris throughout the year. Brenna Visser, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coastal research increasingly depends on citizen scientists," 12 Mar. 2018

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