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Killing Star Fish to Save the Great Barrier Reef - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBC

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Discover key moments from history and stories about fascinating people on the official BBC Documentary channel: http://bit.ly/BBCDocs_YouTube_Channel Simon goes for a dive looking for crown of thorns starfish, and they really live up to their name. But the danger they pose to the Great Barrier Reef means that conservationists must resort to drastic measures to protect the delicate coral and ecosystems. Subscribe to the BBC Studios channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=BBCWorldwide BBC Studios Channel: http://www.youtube.com/BBCStudios This is a channel from BBC Studios who help fund new BBC programmes..
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Kelly Duffin (1 year ago)
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SharkBait Ooh Ha Ha (1 year ago)
KILL EM' ALL
ILike Stuff (2 years ago)
Like war, you must kill some to save others, sad but true you must. - a wise man sad
TheRivoluzione (2 years ago)
There is something quite ironic that the human being is killing other species in order to "save" Nature...
AX3E1L (1 year ago)
TheRivoluzione those crown of thorns starfish are killing our fragile reefs and if they don't stop them a lot of fish will lose their home and die
Dr. Catsworth (2 years ago)
Poor starfish :(
Dinner-fork tongue (3 years ago)
The best way to cull these things would be an underwater macerator, a shredder if you will. CoT's might survive being cut in half, but being minced down into itty bitty little pieces and scattered all over the ocean floor is far too much for their regenerative abilities. They're not sponges, after all, they're starfish.
AlextheGreat545 (3 years ago)
I feel bad for the COTS but I agree that this is for the best, as long as they're not killed off by these methods. They are a pretty big threat to corals and there don't seem to be enough animals that control their population. I do think leaving their bodies is fine so they can be eaten by decomposers.
Jonathan Fitzgerald (4 years ago)
The reason they don't remove the starfish is because of the poisonous spines. The less they are moved the less chance of getting stung. The acid used in this video is not used any more it required multiple injections (12 plus). A new formula is used that only requires one or two injections and is much more effective. Starfish completely disintegrates within 48 hours. I believe it is called oxbile it causes a bacteria already present in the starfish to multiply. Also the amount of starfish makes removing them hard too. I remember some days of the team killing 3000 plus. The record we reached for a day was around 4000-5000. Boat would not hold 20,000 plus starfish caught on our ten day trips. So before calling us idiots find out the facts!
John M (3 years ago)
Jonathan, I think this is great what they are doing, but please beware that sometimes and I hope to god this is not one of those times researchers don't actually think things threw, what I mean is that the injections multiply the bacteria and it kills the starfish, but I sure hope all this bacteria does not stay alive and move onto another species. Like I was just watching on a hunting channel this morning that the government of the U.S.A infected coyotes in the 40's with the mange and this was the answer to managing them, of course it was not and coyotes today still get the mange, 70 plus years later, there are many things the idiots done that they never thought threw, also these retards in politics in Canada allowing I think Norway to farm salmon in BC waters, now it's creating many problems for wild salmon like salmon lice and other diseases. I sure hope this does not cause a problem for other sea creatures there.
Donald Edward (4 years ago)
Collect them and use as fertilizer.
maximusdarkultima (4 years ago)
they make pretty good fertlizer, just sayin'...
Powerofthadolla (4 years ago)
these idiots leave the  carcases of the invertibre... wow.
piponio13 (4 years ago)
Wonderful but dangerous.
Steven Western (4 years ago)
Would t not be a whole lot more effective to just place them in a basket with an attached air bag, you could fill the basket, bag, or whatever the container might be with the starfish, inflate and have the guys in the boat collect the bags. Injecting a slow killing poison does not seem all that efficient. I would enjoy helping out during a visit, I am a PADI Divemaster with lots of free time and planning to visit Oz.
Her Ladyship (4 years ago)
Why not just gather them up and cull them elsewhere?? 
Dr. Catsworth (2 years ago)
Sweet
XDragonsXCryX (4 years ago)
Marine biologist get Paid to kill fish and go swimming.
XDragonsXCryX (4 years ago)
Daii
Andreas Hansen (4 years ago)
Drastic measures for drastic times., I guess. And we have to pick sides. Do we want the diversity of the barrier reef, or do we want barren rocks and starfish? I think the right thing is being attempted here. I've never been to the Great Barrier Reef, nor do I have plans on visiting. But I would nonetheless feel the loss of it straight down to my very bones. I think I would not be the only one.
David Hall (9 months ago)
Herr Hansen the coral reef should evolve in defend itself from the starfish human should have nothing to do with it as long as we're not killing the reef nature should go on as if we weren't there
chris doyle (4 years ago)
+soklot You are 
Jaden Mayers (4 years ago)
Well said dude(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Truthfulpietro (4 years ago)
I've been there. It was beautiful.
soklot (4 years ago)
Lunatic.
Daddy Fab (4 years ago)
:-(

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