Sunflower stars are incredibly important keystone predators in our kelp forests and were especially hard-hit by sea star wasting syndrome. While we know there are some sunflower star populations still out there, they’re pretty hard to find. Someone observed a sunflower star sea on November 16, 2023, in Humboldt — let's see if we can find more!
More people searching for sea stars means more chances of finding and documenting them — we’re hopeful that by coming together to search for these keystone species, we can better understand and restore sea star populations in the long run. (Psst, a fun bonus: December low tides are pretty phenomenal for exploring.)
Keep reading for how to join the Solstice Sea Star Search!