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Scary smell may help save corals

Discussion in 'Conservation' started by jahmic, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. jahmic

    jahmic Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia) are attempting to replicate a new-found scent emitted by Giant Triton snails that scares the bejeezus out of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (AKA COTS AKA SPS Mass Murderer) in hopes of curbing their killing spree. Giant Tritons are natural starfish predators, and it turns out COTS can smell them and are terrified of the scent.

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  2. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Thats pretty crazy kewl.
  3. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    I have nightmares about giant snails like that.:shocked:
  4. Oceanbear1

    Oceanbear1 Copepod

    That's really cool. A reef in Australia I did some work with had previously had some of these move through. I'm not sure how thye could control the dispersal of the smell, but its still a really cool idea

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