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There's a killer robot patrolling the Great Barrier Reef

And starfish are quaking. The brilliantly-titled Crown of Thorns Starfish robot is systematically killing starfish that are upsetting the eco-system

cotsbot Source: Youtube

SO IT TURNS out some killer robots aren’t out to destroy human life after all.

But some of them aren’t so nice to starfish.

There’s a killer robot currently patrolling the Great Barrier Reef systematically searching for a particular starfish that has been happily munching its way through the beleaguered coral reef.

Source: Feras Dayoub/YouTube

And this bot is packing enough gadgets to make James Bond envious: cameras, thrusters, extendable robot arms, and a chilling mobile injection arm.

Yes, the superbly-monikered Crown Of Thorns Starfish bot (COTSbot) is a conservation tool that administers lethal injections to the starfish when it sees them.

Trained in a lab, the bot has a 99.4% accuracy rate when it comes to recognising the rogue starfish, and can roam the reef for eight hours at a time.

The bot was commissioned because the size of the famous reef precludes divers from performing the same function with any effectiveness.

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