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It’s a Actually Good Time to Be . . .


It’s a Actually Good Time to Be . . .

Yesterday, we discovered two Sunflower Stars!

See the juvenile right here to the best of my buddy Natasha? There, proper beside the mating Yellow-Rimmed Nudibranchs. This Sunflower Star was in simply 5 metres of water.

Immediately’s two Sunflower Stars are the primary I’ve seen in twelve hours underwater over the past three months and imagine me, I’ve been wanting. I solely noticed one earlier than that. They’re such a rarity now. Will these two survive? I’ve seen waves of juveniles earlier than after which they disappear. Their plight seems to be linked to local weather change.

Hope? With motion . . . sure, there’s shining hope.

With out motion . . . no.

Please grasp in there. Please learn on.

I’ve been struggling too, in search of escape / reprieve from world realities as one other “atmospheric river” is forecast to fall on elements of our province. It’s so tempting to need to conceal particularly if we see the issues we face as disparate. They don’t seem to be.

I’ve needed to remind myself of the widespread options in order that I see a approach ahead that’s not guided by the faintness of blind hope; paralyzed by concern and overwhelm; and / or obfuscated by the din of values and voices that serve the few for a quick time.

Frequent options embrace: to know, reside and share the GAINS that come from utilizing LESS (fossil fuels, harmful chemical substances, disposables, much less consumerism typically); to talk for reality and science and to have compassion for individuals who can not; to train our energy as voters and customers to serve future generations; and to care and act on the data of connection to others – throughout time, cultures, distance, and species.

In brief, it’s a extremely good time to be a very good human. 💙

I needed to dig for these phrases for myself. As at all times, could they serve you too.


Pictures: November 21 in Kwakwaka’wakw Territory close to Port Hardy at a web site the place I’ve been monitoring sea star since 2013, ©Jackie Hildering.

The identical juvenile Sunflower Star a couple of minutes earlier. Discover the fish? There’s a Painted Greenling on the left and a Blackeye Goby on the best.

For individuals who should not but conscious, I embrace the truth of Sea Star Losing Illness (SSWD) under. A hyperlink to a abstract of the analysis and the place to report sightings is in my weblog at this hyperlink.

The opposite Sunflower Star we noticed yesterday.

Since 2013, greater than 20 species of sea star have been impacted by SSWD from Mexico to Alaska. There’s native variation in depth of the illness and which species are impacted. It is without doubt one of the largest wildlife die-off occasions in recorded historical past. Sea stars contort, have lesions, shed arms, and change into piles of decay.

Presently, some species of sea star seem to have recovered whereas others stay very closely impacted. Sunflower Stars (Pycnopodia helianthoides) have been devastated and had been added to the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) record as Critically Endangered. There are present efforts to have Sunflower Stars assessed by the Committee on the Standing of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) with hopes that they obtain safety below Canada’s Species at Threat Act.

There’s NOT scientific consensus in regards to the trigger. Present hypotheses give attention to (i) a virus and (ii) low oxygen on the floor of the ocean star’s pores and skin maintained resulting from micro organism. What’s constant in is that altering environmental circumstances seem to permit the pathogen (be it micro organism or viruses) to have a higher influence.

One of the best present supply for a abstract of the analysis is Hamilton et al (August, 2021). From that supply: ” . . . outbreak severity could stem from an interplay between illness severity and hotter waters” and “Although we lack a mechanistic understanding of whether or not temperature or local weather change triggered the SSWD outbreak, this examine provides to current proof that the velocity and severity of SSWD are higher in hotter waters”.

What I imagine to be the truth off the coast of British Columbia is that there are refuges of Sunflower Stars at depth the place it’s colder. They spawn with some younger then settling within the shallows the place they could succumb to the pathogen if burdened by hotter water.

Shut up on the second Sunflower Star. This one was at about 20 metres depth.

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