Striped Urchin

Mark Rosenstein

Cambridge, United States

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Echinothrix calamaris, 3 inches wide, 30 feet deep
Wainilu dive site, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

There’s a lot going on with this urchin. The long striped spines define the urchin’s space and help it move (along with tube feet). The shorter spines are needle-sharp defenses. The speckled globe is its anal sac which is involved in respiration. Animals such as this often pick up hitchhikers: tiny fish and shrimps that live amongst the protection of the spines.

Shot with a Canon 7D camera and 100mm macro lens in an Aquatica housing with dual Ikelite DS-125 strobes.

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