Southern California Bight

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The Southern California Bight is the curved coastline of Southern California from Point Conception to San Diego. The area includes the Channel Islands and part of the Pacific Ocean.[1]


This area was the traditional homeland of the Chumash and the Gabrieliño tribes.

In 2013 to 2014, scientists witnessed the largest die-off of sea stars ever recorded along the Pacific Coast. The outbreak of Sea star wasting disease has the potential to create significant changes to the ecosystem as sea stars are a keystone species that plays an important role in controlling the numbers of other creatures.[2]

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  1. ^ Dailey, M. D., Reish, D. J., Anderson, J. W. (editors), 1993. Ecology of the Southern California Bight: A Synthesis and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley / Los Angeles / London, 926 pp.
  2. ^ Netburn, Deborah (November 26, 2014) "Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths" Los Angeles Times