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Crown of Thorns Starfish Threaten the Great Barrier Reef

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Help us save the Great Barrier Reef. Your donation will support our research on containing the Crown of Thorns Starfish outbreaks that devastate the Reef: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Help-the-Reef Since 1980, Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral. The main causes are storm damage and COTS. We can’t stop the storms, but we can promote coral recovery by containing COTS. Further research is required on causal factors and methods of control. The Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station is ideally located for COTS research and has hosted significant discoveries, such as the new single-shot injection technique shown in the video above. It is expensive to maintain first-rate marine research facilities on a remote tropical island. Visiting scientists contribute as much as they can afford, but the Station could not continue without the ongoing support of the Australian Museum and donors.
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the_original_me (10 months ago)
it only eats fast growing coral not the slow growing coral./ I wonder why they didn't mentioned that. The Crown of Thorns was well on its way to destroying the reef per a Jacques Cousteau program around 1968.
Forever Paris (1 year ago)
You are very very mean !!! Animals also have rights !!!
The Mathesons (3 months ago)
That's just very retarded to think that Elke.
AX3E1L (1 year ago)
Elke SEYSER and corals are animals so they have rights too and if we don't eradicate this starfish a lot more animals will be eradicated and eventually our oceans will be filled with dead corals and fish
junglesurfertv (2 years ago)
nature balances itself they told us the reef will be gone by 2000 back in 70s
AX3E1L (1 year ago)
junglesurfertv actually we actually help nature recover but we destroy it at the same time we try to kill coralkilling cots but we destroy too but less than those spike filled starfish
Cassie Thompson (2 years ago)
My daughter watched this 3 times in a row at the museum today and made me promise to find it for her when we got home... Very grateful for the upload.
FPSPhilippines (2 years ago)
"And its covered with venomous spines..." *holds it in bare hand*
FPSPhilippines (2 years ago)
"And its covered with venomous spines..." *holds it in bare hand*
RuneChaos1.01 (3 years ago)
find out what venom is used, by the snails, to inject the start fish, use this toxin. also, domesticate the predators of the start fish, like snails and other animals, releasing these into the wild. track them and their movements, allow nature to work for us, and then remove the excess predators, for use as food, or re-population of reserve stocks.
AX3E1L (1 year ago)
RuneChaos1.01 white vinegar can dissolve and kill it within 48 hours
RuneChaos1.01 (3 years ago)
is one able to place a floating muscle farm here? is one able to "domesticate" carnivores snails, and "release the Snails!" upon the starfish, while in turn also "domesticate"  the starfish fore use with eating things that need to be eaten by this starfish? how are you speeding up the growth? are you electrifying these steel structures? "if i am to spend 4 hours cutting down a tree, i would spend three sharpening my axe." "if i am to spend four hours working coral, i would not like to spend three, removing rust." ? would stainless steel be better, for foundation, and for tools, to prevent rust, and reduce the stress on the coral, when trimming? are these coral, using photosynthesis or are they filter coral? has fire coral been gardened this way? would rubber dry suits be used to prevent stings? when using zip ties are they removed, after the coral roots? has an epoxy been created, that contains the nutrients required to grow a shell for the coral? that can be consumed and not remain as a toxic waste? dose coral react to ultraviolet lights? or ultraviolet light, from the sun? perhaps some fish and other animals see ultra violet colors that we cannot using regular lights or camera? how can one create a habitat for octopus and other invertebrates?

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