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Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle had encountered a bright orange Brisingid, a type of deep-sea sea star, clinging to a rock on the seafloor. New York Times, "Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light," 22 Sep. 2020 Otters and sea lions bask on the jetty; pumpkin orange sea stars are visible in the clear water, and cormorants and gulls circle above the rock. Dallas News, "Beyond Yosemite: Four state parks to seek out off the beaten vacation path," 4 May 2020 Is your toddler sleeping in your bed, spread out like a sea star between you and your partner? Christina Caron, New York Times, "How to Reconnect With Your Partner After Having Kids," 15 Apr. 2020 The die-off was triggered in 2013 when millions of sea stars along the coast of California withered and died from a mysterious wasting disease. Peter Fimrite,, "Giving the ocean some help — California’s new plan to deal with climate change, sea level rise," 26 Feb. 2020 With mass numbers of sea stars dead, the urchins proliferated, chomping their way through the kelp forests. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Voracious Purple Sea Urchins Are Ravaging Kelp Forests on the West Coast," 26 Oct. 2019 In 2013 a mysterious disease swept through sea star populations on the U.S. Pacific Coast, devastating the animals which essentially disintegrated before scientists’ eyes. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian, "Eighteen Things We’ve Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade," 20 Apr. 2010 The rules, designed in cooperation with the fishing industry, specifically protects habitat for deep-sea coral, sponges, octopus, crab, sea stars, rock fish and ling cod. Peter Fimrite,, "Bottom-trawling fishing severely restricted off West Coast starting in January," 18 Nov. 2019 The viral starfish in question is a vermillion sea star that lives in the Deepwater exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Northern Pacific Gallery, the aquarium’s curator of fish and invertebrates, Nate Jaros, told TIME. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "'People Just See What They Want to See.' Why That Starfish's Physique You're Seeing Everywhere Can Totally Be Explained By an Expert," 3 July 2019

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1569, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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