|Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos)
|Date Taken: 2006-01-08|
|Exposure: f/4.9, 1/400 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-01-28 23:50|
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|Sea Urchins on the Mosquito Pier on the smaller island of Vieques, Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean.|
The following information was taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_urchin
Sea urchins are spiny sea creatures of the class Echinoidea found in oceans all over the world. (The name sea urchin means sea hedgehog, hedgehog being one meaning of the word urchin). Their shell, which biologists call the test, is globular in shape, and covered with spines. The size of the test in adults is typically in the range of 3 to 10 cm.
The spines, which in some species are long and sharp, serve to protect the urchin from predators. Sea urchins feed mainly on algae. The spines can inflict a painful wound on a human who steps on one, but they are not seriously dangerous and it is not clear that the spines are truly venomous.
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This has a curious pixellated quality to it. The colours and shapes are quite pleasant. Works best as an abstract for Trek Lens rather than a Trek Nature pic.