Melting Stars

15 mins | Documentary

Directed & Produced by: Kate Green
Director of Photography by: Sarah Thomas Moffat
Underwater Photography by: Laura James
Edited by: Tyler F. Gamsby
Music: Mario Vaira

Funded by: BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Artists) A division of Bell Media Inc.
Awards: Best Short International Wildlife Film Festival
Nominated: Best Short Northwestfest

Sea Stars were dying by the millions and marine biologists were witnessing an epidemic that was the largest observed species die off of human history.

Melting Stars unravels the mystery behind one of the most catastrophic species die offs in recorded history. In 2013 scuba divers off the West coast of British Columbia discovered that the star fish were dying in the millions and suffering horrific deaths. They were disintegrating into goo on the ocean floor and the environmental balance of the marine ecosystem was being changed. Soon the immensity of this epidemic came to light and what researchers had dubbed the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome was now effecting several star fish species all along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Mexico. The virus was also discovered in preserved museum samples from the 1940’s. So what has changed? Melting Stars follows the clues on this marine mystery.

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