No Stars Today!

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

This morning, Elliot and Ian woke up at 2:30 to be ready in time for our flight from Anchorage down to Ithaca. On waking up, Ian checked that the shipment of sea stars (coming via Fedex) was on it’s way… and for some reason it had stopped it’s transit in Memphis. The sea stars were collected on Sunday afternoon at around 2 pm, spent 14 hrs suspended in laundry bags before being packaged up in thick plastic bags, sealed, double bagged, and placed into coolers with ice and then triple bagged. They were sent off on PenAir, Alaska Airline’s affiliate Monday morning at 8 am, and after a frustrating day of hunting we found on Tuesday that they hadn’t made it out on Monday’s FedEx shipment because PenAir’s plane came in too late. Thus they were eventually picked up by FedEx Tuesday at 2pm, and we thought they were on…

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