We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

30. Crown-of-Thorns (Acanthaster planci)

Subject: The Crown-of-Thorns (Acanthaster planci) is world’s second largest starfish (the Sunflower Starfish, Pycnopodia helianthoides, is the largest) and can have up to 21 arms. This corallivorous predator has a taste for hard coral polyps. Although it fulfils an active role in maintaining the biodiversity it is by many divers considered as a pest.

Technique: To expose the often-overlooked beauty of the Crown-of-Thorns’ anatomy, I created a series of detailed close-up shots. It is only at the end that the entire animal is revealed. The subtle anticipation thus created intrigues the viewers.