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For a while Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been experiencing extreme coral loss. Half of this is due to the coral bleaching that has been going on the last two years. However, the other half of the coral loss was caused by the crown of thorns starfish which is also known as the “COTS.” It does help out by eating coral to prevent over population, but are having trouble with over population as well. The “COTS” is a starfish with over 21 arms and is covered in poisonous spikes. To help out with the over-populated animals, a team from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences decided to use the endangered species known as the Triton snail. It is a huge animal and eats “COTS.” The only problem with this was that these snails are very hard to find. To solve this problem the team decided to breed the snails. This resulted in 100,000 new larvae. Now when each snail is old enough it is released into the ocean to began eating the “COTS.” This snails are amazing creatures.

 

 

A Triton Snail eating a Crown of Thorns Satrfish.

 

 

 

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