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Reply Thu 3 Sep, 2015 01:36 pm
Robot Designed To Kill Starfish Will Be Released On Australian Reefs
Exterminate! Exterminate!

Is this environmentally sound practice? Or overkill?
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 3 Sep, 2015 01:44 pm
The reef is in real danger of being decimated by the crown of thorns starfish.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 3 Sep, 2015 01:59 pm
@Wilso,
So, when the world is being overrun by Skynet, we have your complacency to thank Wilso. #harrumph!
neologist
 
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Reply Thu 3 Sep, 2015 06:03 pm
@Wilso,
Are cane toads next?
Wilso
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 12:46 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

So, when the world is being overrun by Skynet, we have your complacency to thank Wilso. #harrumph!


Do you have a point to make, or are you just being an asshole for the hell of it?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 01:03 am
@tsarstepan,
And mine!

However. the poor reef would likely not be as vulnerable to the starfish as it is if not for stupid humans...so the robots may well be the next big scourge. Sharks and robots....
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 01:04 am
@neologist,
neologist wrote:

Are cane toads next?


Oh my! Robots killing cane toads! Woot...as long as it is humane.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 07:28 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

neologist wrote:

Are cane toads next?


Oh my! Robots killing cane toads! Woot...as long as it is humane.

http://i61.tinypic.com/2119n3q.gif
neologist
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 01:02 pm
@tsarstepan,
I read that cane toads are nasty!
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 07:15 pm
@neologist,
Depends on your point of view.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 07:17 pm
@dlowan,
Yeah, well probably not nasty to another toad.
dlowan
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2015 07:26 pm
@roger,
Indeed.

You can watch evolution speeding up as native animals adapt to their spread.

They poison animals that eat them whole....so, apparently snakes in areas occupied by the toads have evolved ALREADY to have smaller mouths that won't allow for toads. Other predators have been observed to only eat bits without the poison glands.

Sadly, they are incredibly destructive of native wildlife in their ever increasing habitat though.
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