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19 of 19. Crown of Thorns Sea Stars consumes coral polyps by extruding it stomach over them and releasing digestive enzymes to absorb the liquefied tissue.   It is thought that declining numbers of natural predator such as the Triton Trumpet Shell can cause a population explosion of Crown of Thorns Sea Stars resulting in reef decimation.