Robot Wars

‘Starfish-killing robot close to trials on Great Barrier Reef’– BBC News

I can’t decide if this is a really important step in the preservation of coral reefs, which undoubtably need preserving, or another example of humans interfering with nature. Or was it our interference with the coral reefs in the first place that allowed the Crown of Thorns starfish to prosper?

There have been increased outbreaks of Crown of Thorn star fish over the last few years and although these outbreaks are a natural part of the life cycle of the starfish, which plays an important part in the maintenance of the reef, it’s the frequency of the outbreaks that’s causing the problem.

Here’s another article demonstrating the devastating effect these starfish can have. I’d love to know what you think…

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2 thoughts on “Robot Wars

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    It’s so hard sometimes to decide just what is a problem caused by human interference, and what is a natural evolutionary development. And this is an example of that blurred line…

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  2. writerdsnelson says:

    Definitely and I suspect, although I have not researched it, that the reason this starfish, that has been around for centuries, is in a situation where it can procreate to the point that it’s decimating the reef is due to climate change and human interference with the reef itself in the firs place!

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