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Starfish, Sea Urchins, Sand Dollars, Sea Cucumbers & Brittle Stars

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Paradise House Reef, Taveuni, Fiji; a crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) feeding on hard corals out in the open at night, the starfish are nocturnal and feeds by extruding it's stomach onto the coral and releasing digestive enzymes that allow the starfish to absorb nutrients from the liquified coral tissue, they are voracious predators and can consume up to 65 sq ft of living coral in a year