The Crown of Thorns Starfish The Monster from the Shallows This program tries to demystify one of the most efficient eating and breeding machines in nature – the Crown of Thorns Starfish. This starfish eats only one thing: coral. It has already reached uncontrollable numbers over a large part of the Great Barrier Reef, a fragile ecosystem already under pressure from global warming and coral bleaching. This program follows teams of divers as they try to keep ahead of the plague through poisoning, but the numbers of starfish are just too great. It is now a race against time. Have the scientists finally found the reason for this freakish outbreak? What can be done? This timely program will inform the viewer about scientific and political efforts aimed at saving the Great Barrier Reef from this devastating eating machine.