It all started with a “blob.”

Remember “The Blob” that happened in the Pacific about 8 years ago?  That was a devastating ecological event, and its very likely that it’s still reverberating today.  ODFW has been noticing a tip in the scales for marine life off the Oregon Coast, seeing a reduction in some species and an advance in others.  For instance, the multi-armed sunflower sea stars are about 90% gone.  It’s the same story for bull kelp, which is essential for the survival or a number of species, but that’s likely due to the sudden spike in purple sea urchins, which feed on the kelp.

Luckily, ODFW’s Marine Resources Program has been granted $250,000 to look into the problem.

KGW has the full story.

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