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Deadly Starfish Eats Coral: Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) crisis
 
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The venomous thorn-like spines that protect this starfish are the least of our problems - this species is destroying coral reefs in many parts of the world due to an imbalance in the oceans - find out more in this video.
Crown of Thorns Starfish | Coral reef killers
 
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Despite a new, potent injectable to help divers kill record numbers of Crown of Thorns Starfish, the plague continues to eat huge swathes of the Great Barrier Reef down to white skeletons. Reporter Anja Taylor visits some QLD scientists working on creative ways of controlling their numbers, from robot starfish terminators to the terrifying smell of giant underwater snails.
Views: 72086 ABC Science
LOOKOUT! Toxic Starfish!
 
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Please SUBSCRIBE - http://bit.ly/BWchannel Tour Tickets on Sale! - http://bit.ly/bravetickets Pre-Order Coyote’s Book - http://bit.ly/BOOKbraveadventures Watch More - http://bit.ly/OLgoldticket On this episode of Beyond the Tide, Coyote and Mark go on their first official scuba diving adventure off the coast of Hawaii! The Hawaiian Islands, a well known divers paradise, boast some of the most amazing collections of marine life in the world…so the Brave Wilderness team figured “why not start at the top?!” If enjoying the clear blue waters off the coast of Kauai wasn’t enough, toward the end of their first dive Coyote discovers the infamous “Crown of Thorns” Sea Star and IT IS HUGE! Being one of the largest and most bizarre looking sea stars on earth, get this, the Crown of Thorns is also highly venomous! So will Coyote get spiked trying to display this aquatic pincushion to the cameras? Get ready to find out and meet one Toxic Starfish! HUGE thanks to Dive Masters Mike Hanna and Brian O’Hara for making this adventure possible and keeping Coyote and Mark safe on their first scuba diving adventure! If you’re ever in Kauai and want a first class scuba diving experience make sure to contact Mike and Brain and tell them Coyote sent you! - http://bit.ly/diveinkauai Special thanks to Aron Sanchez our marine life expert, please check out his channel here - http://bit.ly/waterbodychannel Hey Coyote Pack! Coyote and the crew are going ON TOUR all across the Eastern United States and are super excited to finally meet members of the Coyote Pack in person! If you want the chance to meet Coyote, Mark and Mario make sure to buy tickets soon, because they are going fast! East Coast Tour Dates and Ticket Links 9-13-17 **SECRET SHOW** - Columbus, OH - http://bit.ly/BRAVEcolumbus 9-15-17 New York, NY - http://bit.ly/BRAVEnewyork 9-16-17 Washington, DC - http://bit.ly/BRAVEwashingtondc 9-17-17 Philadelphia, PA - http://bit.ly/BRAVEphilly 9-18-17 Richmond, VA - http://bit.ly/BRAVErichmond 9-19-17 Charlotte, NC - http://bit.ly/BRAVEcharlotte 9-21-17 Orlando, FL - http://bit.ly/BRAVEorlando 9-22-17 Tampa, FL - http://bit.ly/BRAVEtampa 9-23-17 Fort Lauderdale, FL - http://bit.ly/BRAVEftlauderdale 9-24-17 Atlanta, GA - http://bit.ly/BRAVEatlanta In addition to the tour, Coyote is also announcing the Golden Adventure Ticket! A ticket that gains you access to a very exclusive REAL adventure with Coyote and the crew. Only a limited number of tickets will be given out at the tour stops, so make sure to show up and try to find one! *No purchase is necessary to have a chance to find a ticket at the venues, but you do need to show up! Will you be one of the few to find Golden Adventure Ticket and join the team in the field?! We sure hope! Either way, these next few months are going to be a blast! We’ll see you all very soon! Beyond the Tide explores the mysterious world of the ocean and brings you closer than ever to its most fascinating creatures. Whether it’s tide pools, lagoons or the deepest depths of the sea Coyote Peterson and the Brave Wilderness crew will take you there! The Brave Wilderness Channel is your one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters! Follow along with adventurer and animal expert Coyote Peterson and his crew as they lead you on four exciting expedition series including the Emmy Award Winning Breaking Trail, Dragon Tails, Coyote’s Backyard and Beyond the Tide - featuring everything from Grizzly Bears and Crocodiles to Rattlesnakes and Tarantulas…each episode offers an opportunity to learn something new. So SUBSCRIBE NOW and join the adventure that brings you closer to the most beloved, bizarre and misunderstood creatures known to man! GET READY...things are about to get WILD! New Episodes Every Wednesday and Friday at 7AM EST! Subscribe Now! https://www.youtube.com/BraveWilderness Buy Coyote’s Book! http://bit.ly/BOOKbraveadventures Official Website: https://www.BraveWilderness.com Brave Wilderness on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravewilderness/ Coyote Peterson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoyotePeterson Coyote Peterson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoyotePeterson Coyote Peterson on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CoyotePeterson Coyote Peterson G+: https://plus.google.com/100310803754690323805/about
Views: 8312975 Brave Wilderness
Giant triton vs crown of thorns starfish
 
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Crown of thorns starfish are responsible for more than half of all coral loss on the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists are looking for ways to use their natural enemy, the giant triton, to disperse the starfish. Source: AIMS http://ow.ly/nKjZ303uQp6
Views: 57445 New Scientist
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..
Views: 28538 BBC Studios
Facts: The Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
 
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Quick facts about this venomous and invasive sea star! The crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci)! Crown-of-thorns facts! Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvVWg9g4zQeoYdBsLbGypBQ .5 in (1 cm) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Music from YouTube Free Audio Library Griphop by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100413 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ References Lawrence, J. M. (2013). Starfish: biology and ecology of the Asteroidea. JHU Press. https://amzn.to/2KKcKqD Hoover, J.P. (2010). The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes: Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Seals. Mutual Publishing. https://amzn.to/2IQS2Uv http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/species.php?sc=1043 http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-the-reef/animals/crown-of-thorns-starfish http://www.aims.gov.au/docs/research/biodiversity-ecology/threats/cots.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-04-06/crown-of-thorns-starfish-dna-reveals-coral-killers-weakness/8415058 https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/cred/crown-of-thorns_seastar.php Videos Licensed Under Creative Commons https://vimeo.com/56888989 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3ZXFf0m-c&t=1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJo_GnGFFAk Images Licensed Under Creative Commons jon hanson on flickr. - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonhanson/89930167/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=665552 Eric Gaba (Sting - fr:Sting) - Own workCoast lines : U.S. NGDC World Coast Line ;Reference for the limits of the Indo-Pacific biogeographic region : Spalding, Mark D., Helen E. Fox, Gerald R. Allen, Nick Davidson et al. "Marine Ecoregions of the World: A Bioregionalization of Coastal and Shelf Areas". Bioscience Vol. 57 No. 7, July/August 2007, pp. 573-583, available through the World Wildlife Fund's site, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4112753 Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=256895 Rore bzh - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4843079 pakmat - [1], CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2347125 JSLUCAS75 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18843895 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18845330 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18845472 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18846142 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18846277 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18846345 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20143039 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20143101 Kent Wang - Purple Crown of Thorns https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentwang/ National Marine Sanctuaries – Triton's Trumpet Arnaud Abadie - Close up Crown of Thorns https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnaudabadie/ Ryan McMinds - Crown of Thorns Tube Feet https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
Views: 6093 Deep Marine Scenes
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.
Views: 13293 Australian Museum
Crown of Thorns Sea Star HD
 
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Views: 208 Lisa
Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish detection
 
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Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) are described as one of the most significant threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Since the 1960's, land-based nutrient runoff has accelerated outbreaks of COTS which are destroying large areas of reef. Link to project page: https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/COTSBot
Views: 1640 Feras Dayoub
How a Crown-of-Thorns starfish reacts to the smell of a Giant Triton
 
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Researchers at AIMS are currently investigating the mechanisms that drive Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef and how they might be controlled. One project, part of the Australian Government's National Landcare Initiative Reef Rescue Program, is looking into the potential for natural predators to be used to control COTS numbers. The giant triton, a large marine snail, is a known natural predator of COTS. Using its well-developed sense of smell, a giant triton is able to locate and pursue a COTS, eventually catching, killing and eating it. However, COTS also have a keen sense of smell, and can sense when a giant triton is near. Read more about the project here: http://www.aims.gov.au/docs/media/featured-content/-/asset_publisher/Ydk18I5jDwF7/content/the-triton-that-ate-the-crown-of-thorns Watch the video to see how a COTS reacts to the scent of a giant triton.
Crown-of-thorns starfish injection video
 
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Video about crown-of-thorns starfish injections
Giant Triton eats Crown-of-Thorns Starfish at Beaver Reef, Australia
 
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Day 2 entire sequence. Giant Triton (Charonia tritonis) attacks and consumes Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) on Beaver Reef (Mission Beach, Australia) in 2002. Filmed by Kylie and video courtesy of Big Blue Office. Thanks also to Quick Cat Cruises, Mission Beach. https://www.change.org/p/science-hunt-for-food-not-trophies http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Giant_Triton_Charonia_tritonis_listed_on_CITES/?czUdvdb
Views: 10023 John Paterson
Oceanpedia   Critter finder   Echinoderm   Seastar   Crown of Thorns
 
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All footage belongs to Biopixel Pty Ltd and is available for purchase at www.biopixel.tv. Use of Oceanpedia videos as they appear on YouTube is free for educational institutions. Please contact us at [email protected] for any enquiries. Filmed by: Richard Fitzpatrick.
Views: 45 Biopixel
Pacific triton hunts and eats crown-of-thorns starfish
 
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The Pacific triton (Charonia tritonis, also known as the “giant triton”) is a large marine snail that inhabits coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They feed on echinoderms, and are particularly fond of crown-of-thorns starfish, a coral-eating starfish that occurs in outbreak proportions on the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere. Despite the COTS sharp spines and having a highly toxic coating (saponin), tritons are highly effective COTS hunters, as shown in this video, taken at AIMS' Townsville facility. For more information on AIMS research into the Pacific triton and COTS, head to: http://ow.ly/dRV3302yKns
Outback Matt Captures Crown-of-Thorns Starfish - July 2008
 
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Crown-of-Thorns Starfish captured!
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Poor girl accidentally stepped on a crown-of-thorns starfish
 
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This girl was accidentally stepped on a crown-of-thorns starfish while swimming on the beach of medina, misamis oriental philippines. She was terribly hurted and no medics came to response.
Views: 543 Jiffy Lama
Giant Triton and Crown of Thorns Starfish COTS at AIMS
 
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Scope Season 3 Episode 083 SCOPING OUT AIMS
Views: 18780 Peter Thomas-Hall
Mega-venomous starfish and a turtle happy meal
 
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A critically endangered turtle snacking on its favourite food kicks off this dive on Thailand's Hin Bida reef ... and then it's on to creatures of the more venomous kind: a coral-devouring crown-of-thorns starfish and the toxic spines of a lion fish. Dive trips kindly sponsored by Raya Divers, Thailand -http://www.rayadivers.com
Views: 465498 Earth Touch
COTSbot, the world’s first robot targeting crown-of-thorns starfish – ABC News 31-08-15
 
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Learn more about the COTSbot: http://ow.ly/WVqMi QUT roboticists have developed the world's first robot designed to seek out and control the Great Barrier Reef's crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), which are responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of the reef's total decline in coral cover. The COTSbot completed its first sea trials this week in Queensland's Moreton Bay to test its mechanical parts and navigation system.
Views: 7824 TheQUTube
Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
 
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Hordes of Crown-of-Thorns starfish can devour coral reefs. The Crown-of-Thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) feeds on coral. Low numbers of this starfish increase reef diversity, but large numbers can destroy reefs. Avoiding human activities that increase starfish numbers is more effective than trying to control Crown-of-Thorns outbreaks once they happen. A DVD of over 30 Microdocs can be purchased at http://ggfilms.com/products-page/
Views: 53156 Microdocs
COTSbot injects a COTS
 
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Find out more: http://bit.ly/2fTrNDA QUT roboticists have developed COTSbot, an underwater vehicle that can autonomously navigate, detect and inject crown-of-thorns starfish.
Views: 4100 TheQUTube
MERMAID MINUTE #2: STARFISH! Sea Stars, Sun Stars, Crown of Thorns Starfish and more!
 
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This is Episode #2 of the Mermaid Minute, the only ocean education web series hosted by a mermaid! Mermaid Linden teaches you about STARFISH! Bat Stars, Sun Stars, the Crown of Thorns Starfish, Ochre Stars and more! Did you know that starfish are echinoderms? They aren't really stars, or fish! Starfish come in almost every color in the rainbow. They use suction cup-like feet on their under sides, which help them move across the ocean floor. They have TWO stomachs and an EYE at the end of EVERY ARM! That must come in handy, they can see in every direction! There is so much to LEARN about STARFISH! Now is your chance to ask a real mermaid your questions about the ocean! SUBSCRIBE below at the end of the video to receive updates with each new episode release, and ask Mermaid Linden a QUESTION in the COMMENTS window! See and learn more here: http://www.mermaidminute.com

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Views: 71712 Mermaid Linden
Crown-of-thorns sea star starfish stock footage
 
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Crown-of-Thorns sea star (starfish) stock footage from Yap, Micronesia and the Philippines, including scenes of coral eaten by the sea star. Filmed in 1080/60i HD. To license this footage for your production contact Jonathan Bird Productions, www.jonathanbird.net
VOS2-08 Full Episode - Crown of Thorns Invades Samoa
 
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In this episode we visit the National Park in American Samoa with ecologist Tim Clark. We’ll be doing some underwater surveying, looking for outbreaks of the crown of thorns starfish, which is devastating reefs across the Pacific. Tim and his team are also mapping fish habitat in the park, and he’ll talk about the tools and technology they use in their dives. Find out more at voiceofthesea.org.
Views: 2937 Voice of the Sea TV
Sea Stars | JONATHAN BIRD'S BLUE WORLD
 
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At first glance, starfish, more properly called sea stars, aren't doing much of anything. But Jonathan's investigations reveal a slow-motion predator that hunts and attacks its prey. Traveling the world, Jonathan investigates sea stars from the tropics to the Antarctic and uses time-lapse photography to reveal an amazing complexity to the world of the sea star. ********************************************************************** If you like Jonathan Bird's Blue World, don't forget to subscribe! You can buy some Blue World T-shirts & Swag! http://www.blueworldtv.com/shop You can join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/BlueWorldTV Twitter https://twitter.com/BlueWorld_TV Instagram @blueworldtv Web: http://www.blueworldTV.com ********************************************************************** You might not think of sea stars as being very intelligent, and you’d be right, but you might be impressed by some of the amazing things they can do, especially considering they don’t have a brain! Starfish, more correctly called sea stars, live just about everywhere in the ocean, from the tropics, to Antarctica and everywhere in between. They come in all shapes and sizes from fat and stubby… to long and skinny. This brittle star walks with a coordinated effort using its rays like legs. But most sea stars get around using hundreds or thousands of tiny tube feet on their underside. This is a Northern Sea star, living in the coastal waters of New England, and it’s a predator. It’s hunting a scallop. It’s a drama played out in slow motion as the sea star moves in for a grip on the scallop’s shell. But the scallop is not defenseless. With a mighty blast of water, the scallop jets away to safety. So the sea star wraps itself around a mussel. Mussels are attached to the bottom and can’t get away. The sea star uses it’s strong tube feet with suction cups to pull the mussel open a tiny bit, and digests its victim by injecting its stomach inside the mussel. Picking up the sea star, I can see that it has the mussel firmly in its grip. But not all sea stars feed on mussels and scallops. A Basket star feeds on plankton in the water. It has finely branched arms that act like a net, to catch the tiny bits of food floating by. It positions itself to be able to grab as much plankton as possible in the current. Exploring a reef in the tropical Pacific, I find a Crown-of-thorns sea star dining on the coral. This thorny, armored sea star is one of only a few animals that can digest living coral. It wraps itself around a coral colony and eats the polyps, leaving a dead, bleached coral skeleton behind. Here’s a healthy colony of plate coral. And here’s one that has been eaten by a crown-of-thorns. Outbreaks of these sea stars have been known to kill entire reefs. Carefully picking one up to avoid the sharp and venomous spines, I can see the stomach, which the sea star inverts out of its mouth to digest the coral outside of its body. These sea stars are the second largest in the world, growing bigger than a dinner plate. But if you think these are big, wait until you see the largest sea star in the world! To find it, I've come all the way to British Columbia. I'm looking for the Giant Sun Star, and you won't believe the size of this thing! In the cold, murky waters of the Canadian north Pacific, I swim through beautiful gardens of sponges, anemones and soft coral, searching for a Giant Sun star. And then, down on the bottom, I find what I’m looking for. It has up to 24 arms, more properly called rays and reaches 3 feet across. This is the world’s largest sea star! Compared to most sea stars, the Giant Sun Star is a speed demon, cruising along the bottom in search of its favorite food—other sea stars and the occasional sea cucumber! Here, a sea cucumber makes an emergency retreat to escape this hungry Sun Star on the move! A thousand miles south on a reef in the tropics, I find a blue Linckia sea star on the bottom. Like the vast majority of sea stars, this one has only 5 rays. With tiny tube feet on its underside, this sea star barely seems to move, but when I speed things up with time lapse photography, Linckia sea stars appear very active, moving about and grazing the bottom for food. But even more curiously, they are polite, restraining from walking on top of each other. Like bumper cars, when one Linckia touches another, they each go the other direction. It’s all very civilized. In an hour, a Linckia on the move can travel several car lengths.
Views: 651597 BlueWorldTV
Crown of Thorns Starfish
 
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The Crown of Thorns starfish feed on coral tissue and can destroy entire coral structures, making way for algae or new coral polyps to settle, as it is seen eating Acropora here. This film was created during the Living Oceans Foundation's Farasan Islands Expedition, May 11, 2006.
Views: 19255 oceancontent
Effective crown-of-thorns starfish control programs
 
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This video provides: Hints on how to search and identify crown-of-thorns starfish and their feeding scars How to effectively inject the starfish using each endorsed method How to record control program efforts
Crown-of-thorns starfish Vs Sea Urchin Underwater video
 
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Considered the premier dive site in the Gulf of Thailand, Sail Rock is a pinnacle which rises to 15m above and 40m below the surface. Sail Rock lies between Koh Phangan and Koh tao. It's famous for its natural underwater vertical swim through or chimney which divers can enter at 6 metres and exit at 18. It is also the visiting site of many larger pelagic fish including chevron barracuda, big schools of mackerel, jacks, trevally and tuna. You may encounter a seasonal whale shark with over 40 spotted at Sail Rock in 2012 alone. Giant moray eels and lion fish have also taken up residency. The Trigger fish are also very playful during their nesting period! http://hinbhairesort.com http://en.fotolia.com/p/203930711/partner/203930711
Views: 4493 SailRockDailyNews
Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star Feeding Movie
 
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WhyReef Kids Advisory Council 9-12-09
Views: 1774 WhyReef
Crown of Thorns sea star - Puako, Hawaii
 
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Definitely one of the most unusual looking creatures on the reef! These sea stars have 19-20 legs and eat the algae on coral, leaving the coral blanched white in their wake (which you can see at the end of the video). I saw these creatures in Puako Bay on the big island. These are very otherworldly creatures.
Views: 2270 Eric Simon
Injecting Poison into Crown of Thorns Starfish
 
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More information at: http://www.oceanguard.com - Right now a war is being waged beneath the waters of the Great Barrier Reef on tourists reefs off Cairns by the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO). They are trying to control out of control numbers of Crown of Thorns Starfish on their reefs. Supported by State and Federal Governments who have only in recent years fully realised the problem that is the Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) which is midway through a fourth major outbreak. What about the rest of the reef? In regard to the rest of the reef system, what is missing is a sense of urgency in the battle against (COTS) from the authorities, for In several months time, the breeding season of COTS will begin, where tens of thousands of these coral eating monsters will congregate to breed, with each female adult starfish capable of producing 60 million eggs. With less predators to control COTS in their early stages, you are looking at millions of adults in the future let loose to destroy what remains of the reef. 4000 adults can eat an acre of live coral in a week. Do the maths. At that rate, there will be soon nothing left.
The Underwater Army Tackling Crown of Thorns Starfish
 
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They're divers on a very important mission; to preserve the world's largest coral reef ecosystem from a predator whose appetite knows no bounds. One of the team securing the containment lines around the reef is Mat Trueman, a dive supervisor who now dedicates his life to the fight against Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS). "I like to do my part to make sure we're getting rid of the Crown of Thorns on the reef so that it helps preserve it for future generations,' said Mat. Mat works for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), the organisation that manages the Crown of Thorns Control Program in Queensland. He leads teams of up to 12 men and women on 10-day voyages off the coast of Cairns and Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. While it sounds like an idyllic job, diving the Great Barrier Reef four times a day - to contain outbreaks - is gruelling work. Thanks to a new culling technique, which sees the starfish injected with bile salts from cattle, Mat and his team are reclaiming reef territory faster than ever before. One quick and simple injection euthanizes a starfish, without harming the reef, a far cry from the previous method in which divers had to inject the reef pests up to 30 times.
Tritons Trumpet eating a sea star
 
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Kapalua Bay, Maui a Triton's Trumpet eating a Crown of thorns sea star 6-19-2011
Views: 6962 cjkern27
Crown of Thorns
 
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One of the most dominant predators of Pacific corals is the crown-of-thorns seastar, Acanthaster planci. A. planci is considered a generalist coral predator with a preference for branching species such as the acroporids (Carpenter, 2004). The seastar feeds on the coral by everting its stomach over the live coral and secreting a protease enzyme that breaks down the coral tissue (Birkeland and Lucas, 1990). Coral consumption is slow, requiring a leisurely 4-6 hours to digest a coral branch or a small colony. It is estimated that a single seastar can consume 5-6 m2 of live coral per year (Birkeland 1989). The immediate ecological impact of A. planci outbreaks on most reefs is the modification of community structure and the colonization of algae in newly available space following coral mortality (Birkeland and Lucas, 1990). The following footage shows slow-moving crown-of-thorns. Credits Cinematography: Dr. Forest Rohwer Edited by: Neilan Kuntz Written by: Neilan Kuntz Location: Borneo, Malaysia (Sipadan) (2003) Birkeland, C., and J.S. Lucas. (1990) Acanthaster planci; major management problem of coral reefs. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 257 p. Birkeland, C. (1989) The influence of echinoderms on coral-reef communities. In M. Jangoux and J.M. Lawrence (eds.), Echinoderm studies, pages 1-79. A.A. Balkema, Roterdam. Carpenter, R.C. (1997) Invertebrate Predators and Grazers. In: C. Birkland (eds) Life and Death of Coral Reefs. Chapman & Hall New York, New York
Views: 970 MarinePhage
CSIF2012-Crown of Thorns Starfish Hunt.mp4
 
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This particular star fish is eating the algae in coral reef destroying the life under water of Menjangan Marine and over populated. CouchSurfers are helping Friends of Menjangan to hunt this star fish.
Views: 1184 Nona Fitria
Assassin Bots Trained to Kill Reef-Eating Starfish
 
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In a bid to protect the Great Barrier Reef, killer robots will be sent to hunt down Crown-of-Thorns starfish and inject them with poison
Views: 7253 Global1 News Network
Crown of Thorns Starfish
 
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Killer of coral reefs. The Crown-of-Thorns Starfish clasps a stick. Hold out of the water. If you step in its toxic thorns you'll have a real problem. This starfish moves much faster than common starfish.
Views: 1209 Hey Joe
The crown of thorns starfish  (Acanthaster planci )
 
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The crown of thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci ) are one of the oceans most efficient coral predators. They can grow to more than 1 m in diameter; have 16 to 18 arms, the entire upper surface of its body covered in long venomous spines. This species was recorded in our reason survey at Musandam peninsula
Views: 6147 Madhupal
Removing Crown of Thorns starfish from the reef
 
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How to collect Crown of Thorns Starfish with the help of Pana Fishermen - Tagalog - COTS Philippines
 
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We faced a Crown of Thorns Starfish invasion and we tried to do damage control with the help of the local pana fishermen. Special thanks to DFS - German Environmental Consulting for raising awareness on the issue. http://www.dfs-online.de/
Views: 259 Chalchi Caluya
Coral reefs destroyed by Crown of Thorns Starfish outbreaks
 
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To download mini-video, go to http://news.prd.go.th/news_detail.php?newsid=216417 Special Report for Andaman News TV11 (VHF dial) at 8.30am & local Cable TV channel 1 + maybe FM90.5 Radio Thailand 6pm, broadcast to Phang Nga, Krabi & Phuket provinces, & possibly FM108 Mazz Radio 7.30pm in Phuket, Wednesday 5 March 2008 & http://news.prd.go.th Niphon Phongsuwan, Coral reef biologist at the Phuket Marine Biological Center or PMBC, recently told us about the current problem for coral reefs being destroyed by several Crown of Thorns Starfish outbreaks in various locations near Phuket. Back in 1984, The PMBC surveyed crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks in the reefs on several islands in the Andaman Sea. Serious outbreaks were found on some, while others did not show outbreaks, however there was a presence of dead coral which was suspected to have been caused by crown-of-thorns starfish. In early 2007, an outbreak was found in a small cove, south of Ba-ngu Island (the northernmost island of the Similian group). The reef had been hugely degraded within a few months as a result. The staff of PMBC and Similian National Park removed 65 in an area of about 150 x 50 metres in March 2007. At the present time, outbreaks are still found in some areas. At Racha Yai Island, south of Phuket, recent outbreaks were found at some spots on the east coast of the island, and this year near Ko Aeo, south east of Phuket. The crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural part of the reef ecosystem, and if the population levels are balanced, it is beneficial to the environment. These starfish choose to eat fast growing coral species, particularly staghorn coral. Fast growing coral species can cover areas very quickly, and compete for space with slow growing species. The crown-of-thorns starfish helps to maintain a balance, and allows space for the slowing growing species, therefore creating higher levels of diversity. Currently, high levels of fertilizer are used in agriculture, and are subsequently being flushed to the sea. This fertilizer provides food for phytoplankton, and when phytoplankton blooms it causes zooplankton to bloom as well. The larvae of the crown-of-thorns starfish begins as zooplankton, so the presence of fertilizer causes the crown-of-thorns starfish to proliferate. Another cause of the abundance of these starfish is a lack of predators such as the rare Triton shells, or triggerfish, due to illegal fishing and sales of shells. Khun Nipon also wants to tell people not to feed fish with bread as the fish then do not eat naturally, including the larvae of crown of thorn starfish. Many divers have asked him how many crown-of-thorns starfish in a certain area define it as an outbreak. Scientists approximate if there are greater than 10 individuals in one hectare, that area is considered to have an outbreak. If there are greater than 30 individuals in one hectare, the outbreak is at a very serious level. If any divers find an outbreak case, it is acceptable to kill or remove the starfish to help preserve the affected reefs. However, if the outbreak area is within a National Park, a permit must be obtained before anything can be removed. There are several methods which can be used to limit the number of crown-of-thorns starfish. You can use a knife to cut the central part of the starfish body, but should take care not to merely cut it in half, as the two halves can regenerate. Another option is to collect the starfish and bring them on shore to dry out. -------------- You may also call khun Nipon at the PMBC for more information at Tel : 076 391128 Fax : 0 76 391127 Email : [email protected]
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Crown-of-thorns starfish
 
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Crown-of-thorns starfish (coral eating starfish)

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