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Eulogy to the Derwent River Seastar: Australia's first recorded marine extinction

by Tim O'Hara 24 Sep 2018 12:09 UTC
The Derwent River Sea Star was only documented for 25 years before its extinction. © Blair Patulo, Museums Victoria

We see the surface of the sea: the rock pools, the waves, the horizon. But there is so much more going on underneath, hidden from view.

The sea's surface conceals human impact as well. Today, I am writing a eulogy to the Derwent River Seastar (or starfish), that formerly inhabited the shores near the Tasman Bridge in Hobart, Tasmania. It is Australia's first documented marine animal extinction and one of the few recorded anywhere in the world.

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