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The so-called wasting disease was first noticed in British Columbia last year, but has shown up from Alaska to Southern California. (Source: KING/NBC) The so-called wasting disease was first noticed in British Columbia last year, but has shown up from Alaska to Southern California. (Source: KING/NBC)
Underwater areas are covered with sea stars in various stages of death. (Source: KING/NBC) Underwater areas are covered with sea stars in various stages of death. (Source: KING/NBC)

(KING/NBC) - Diver Laura James hoped Hood Canal might be a corner of Washington's Puget Sound that would be spared from the die-off of sea stars that has ravaged the entire West Coast.

She lost hope after her latest dive. The underwater walls and floor of the popular Sund Rock diving site are covered with sea stars in various stages of death.

James is documenting the so-called wasting disease that was first noticed in British Columbia last year but has now shown up in the Pacific all the way from Alaska to Southern California.

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