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Sunflower sea stars are critically endangered, but can humans help the species rebound?-media-2

Jennifer Burney, Aquarium of the Pacific senior aquarist and co-chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFE, Saving Animals from Extinction, Sunflower Sea Star program, places samples of larvae under a microscope in Long Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. Millions of Sea Stars have have died from wasting disease along the West Coast over the past ten years but now, scientists have figured out how to spawn the critically endangered Sunflower Sea Star. The Aquarium of the Pacific in collaboration with Birch Aquarium in San Diego have been able to successfully spawn the species and currently the larvae are in their fourth stage, with one more stage to go before metamorphosis and they begin to look like stars. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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