By: pelly*made

Jun 17 2013

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Self-decorated sea urchins : b

wiki: sea urchins use their tube feet to pick up debris from the bottom and attach it to their upper surfaces. They use shells, rocks, algae and sometimes sea anemones

Sea urchins are sensitive to touch, light, and chemicals. Although they do not have eyes or eye spots, recent research suggests their entire body might function as one compound eye! They also have statocysts, called spheridia, located within the ambulacral plates to help the animal remain upright

In Greece the bright orange eggs of the sea urchin is a delicacy: dressed with lemon juice, they are served in seaside tavernas. It is believed to have aphrodisiac properties. But lately, the intense sea urchin “hunting” led to a significant population decrease and  now serving sea urchin eggs is prohibited in some areas

Due to their sensitivity to polution, people say that if you see them in the sea then the water is as clean as it can be




4 comments on “Undercover”

  1. What a funny photograph of the smiley sea urchin and thanks for your explanation of what’s going on. Well done my dear friend Pelly. Ralph xox 😀

  2. Lovely photo! Just yesteday I was amused to see a colony of these fellows, all dressed up and camouflaged… stin Antiparo. Filika, Lia

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