20 May 2015

Crown-of-Thorn Sea Star

Species: Acanthaster planci
Location: K. Madivaru, Maldives
Date: 19 May 2015
This photo shows a Crown-of-Thorn Sea Star attempting to feed on the coral polyps, by everting its stomach (found on the under-side of the Sea Star) onto the coral. In large numbers they can be extremely harmful to coral reefs.