Meet the coral guard crab

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    The coral guard crab is quite feisty, and has large, powerful pinchers.

When we scuba dive in Hawai‘i we are always on the lookout for the large crown of thorn starfish. This venomous, foot-wide starfish eats live coral and is native to Hawai‘i. Sometimes the crown of thorns population gets out of control and can eat up an entire coral reef.