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Australia | Major outbreak of coral-destroying starfish hits Great Barrier Reef MP; culling underway

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia’s world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals.


The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue, and the outbreak hits as the reef is still reeling from two consecutive years of major coral bleaching.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-environment-reef/starfish-eating-australias-great-barrier-reef-alarm-scientists-idUSKBN1ET2K4