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Divers fight Mabul seastar infestation


Underwater mission: Divers collecting a crown-of-thorns seastars on the Mabul coral reef. There has been a bloom of the thorny starfish (below) in the thousands, and it is threatening the survival of the reef.

Underwater mission: Divers collecting a crown-of-thorns seastars on the Mabul coral reef. There has been a bloom of the thorny starfish (below) in the thousands, and it is threatening the survival of the reef.

PETALING JAYA: An infestation of coral-eating crown-of-thorns seastars in Mabul has got the diving community scrambling to save the corals.

Several dive operators such as Scuba Junkie SEAS and Reef Check Malaysia, and the Sabah Tourism Board are among those involved in an exercise to remove the seastars, which are the largest tropical starfish.

   

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