Australia bred the army of jail snails and anti-starfish

The army of prison prisoners and will be the next option used by the Australian government to save the Great Barrier Reef.

The Australian government has announced funding to breed thousands of prisoner fighters and to rescue the impending Great Barrier Reef , AFP on September 18, officials said.

A 2012 study on Australia's long 2,300km coral zone shows coral coverage has halved in the past 27 years. 42% of this decline is related to thorns starfish , which grow fast due to pollution.


Prison snail and is the natural crystal of the starfish starfish, which are damaging coral reefs.(Video: Australian Ocean Science Institute).

A study by the Australian Oceanic Science Institute (AIMS) now shows that this pest avoids appearing in areas with prison snails and their natural enemies.

Prison snail and , the scientific name Charonia , can be up to half a meter long, relying on the smell to hunt prey with a particularly developed sense of smell. Research shows that they especially like to eat sea starfish but only eat a few of them each week. Meanwhile, this animal is being hunted by humans almost extinct to get the shell.

According to Queensland state lawmaker Warren Entsch, the Australian government grants research funds can help the country test a new tool to control the area of ​​coral reefs. Scientists can also study the effects of jail snails and the behavior of starfish.

In August, over 100,000 larvae of prisoners and hatched in AIMS. Larvae will be supported to grow to adulthood. This animal will then be released naturally to prevent starfish from gathering in the breeding season.

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Prison and jail.

Expensive chemicals such as bile salts have been used by Australia to destroy thorns starfish. However, this approach poses a risk of harm to other living organizations of the ocean. The vinegar injection also has limited exposure because it requires the diver to do it manually on each individual.

Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth , classified as a world heritage. In addition to thorny starfish, this coral reef is also damaged by sea water warming because of climate change.

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