Killer Robot Hunts Down Crown of Thorns Starfish

Killer Robots may be the trope of science fiction stories and movies and there are legitimate concerns that a superhuman artificial intelligence or ‘singularity’ might be a danger in the future but today we can use them to do our…

Watch a Crown-of-Thorns starfish get annihilated by giant snail

The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences is exploring using biological controls to help keep outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) in check on the Great Barrier Reef. Sadly, COTS and cyclones are responsible for more than half of all…

What you should know about the Crown-of-Thorns starfish

Acanthaster planci, more commonly known as the Crown-of-Thorn starfish, is a voracious predator which feeds on stony coral polyps. The starfish gets its name from the toxic thorn-like spines covering its body, which resemble a biblical “crown of thorns”. The…

Quarter million crown of thorns starfish eradicated by new injection method

The news about the natural reef environment can be so overly bleak, it’s nice to hear some progress coming out of Australia that bodes well for the future of the Great Barrier Reef. The Crown of Thorns starfish, Acanthaster placi,…

Friday Smorgasbord: Starfish, weird fish and sea foam

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Smorgasbord where we have some fun, wacky and weird news to share with you. First off is some stunning macro photography¬†from photographer Alexander Semenov. We’ve seen his ¬†amazing work before and now…

Friday Smorgasbord: Glowing shrimp, alien worlds, Kraken family reunion, environmental games, die starfish die, and kamikaze baracuda

Another Friday and another fun installment of the Friday Smorgasbord. First off is the way cool glowing shrimp we found on NatGeo. The deep-sea shrimp Parapandalus has bioluminescence capabilities and actually hurls a glowing cloud of organic matter to confuse…