Underwater photographer captures rare footage of vibrant venomous fire urchin

Caters_NewsPublished: May 17, 2017173 views
Published: May 17, 2017

An underwater photographer has captured rare footage of a vibrant venomous Fire Urchin.
Sea urchins are considered venomous wherever they might be, but usually they are small and pitch black, buried in the sand and rocks on the seabed. The fire urchin however (or false fire urchin, as it is known) one cannot miss! They can grow up to 8 inches in diameter and are brightly colored on the outside, making them easy to spot in the water. Their shells are covered in long spines, the areas between which are colored bright red with iridescent blue spots, hence their name!
This multicolored creature wa filmed by photographer Melissa Yeo during a dive in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, where they are common. What is really curious is the small fish that hide in between the spikes of the urchin, as protection from predators.

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