Image: Thorny Problems (Eureka Prizes)
2014 New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography highly commended
- Richard Wylie
- © Richard Wylie
Thorny Problems, Richard Wylie, Euakafa Island Research Centre
Crown-of-thorns Sea Stars have a justifiably bad reputation for causing damage to the Great Barrier Reef. Richard Wylie’s photo, taken at Lizard Island, demonstrates that even one 40-centimetre wide Crown-of-thorns can eat its way through a large area of reef. The white coral, which has been consumed by this sea star, is in sharp contrast to the healthy sections of reef.