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Crown of thorns (Acanthaster planci) belongs to the starfish family that can grow up to 2ft in diameter, has up to 23 arms and is covered with strong and sharp spines.

Depending on its size, the COT can eat from 2 to 6 sq. meters of coral a year. That can be up to 180 times as much coral destroyed compared to its own size per year.

COT outbreak is caused directly by human influence and the absence of its predators such as the giant triton shell, humphead maori wrasse etc.

A prick from COT is excruciatingly painful... be extra careful

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