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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

This is the underside of A feeding Crown of Thorns Sea Star (Acanthaster plancii) on a sea rod coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Blamed for extensive coral damage on the reef, this Sea Star basically absorbs the coral when it eats. Crown-of-thorns Sea Stars thrive in certain conditions and because thier main predator - The Triton Trumpet has been hunted to almost extinction for its shell.

· Date: Thu November 20, 2003 · Reference ID: all/222003_1010_202115AA_1 · Views: 3409 ·
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Scuba Divers on a Safety Stop
Paul Osmond

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