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Massive sea star deaths off of west coast puzzle scientists

Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem. Scientists first started noticing the mass deaths in June 2013. Different……

Barnacles join big list of sea creatures that consume plastic in Earth’s increasingly littered oceans

Researchers say that about one-third of the barnacles caught in the North Pacific gyre, which is notoriously littered with trash, have plastic material in their digestive system. Scientists aren’t sure whether eating the plastic refuse hurts the sea creatures, but they say it could fill them up with non-nutritious material.…