Debunking the Starfish Myth
Richard A. Kenchington, in Environmental Conserva- tion (Spring 1978), Elsevier Sequoia, S.A.,
P.O. Box 851, 1001 Lausanne 1, Switzer- land.
Inadequate research, poor sampling techniques, and the eagerness of the news media for a sensational story combined to create the great crown-of-thorns starfish "menace" of the late 1960s and early '70s.
So says Australian marine biologist Kenchington, who suggests that the advent of scuba-diving technology led to greatly increased explora- tion...