This comic is inspired by my own personal scuba diving experiences in BC. I learned to dive in the spring of 2013 in the Whytecliff and Porteau Cove regions. The one thing I couldn’t help but notice was that there were sea stars everywhere.

When I dove again in the late fall, there were hardly any. A densovirus plaguing the coast of British Columbia had killed off almost all of them. Sea stars lost their arms, their organs oozed through their bodies, and they all but wasted away.

Brittle stars were never affected.