Sea Urchins

When the tide is right during our Motorboat Safaris, I often stop at a certain rocky outcropping where sea urchins live and reach over the side of the boat to pick one up for inspection. In some parts of the world, sea urchins are very sharp, but our local variety has blunter spines that don’t do much damage to a hand. Some people like to eat sea urchins – you often see it on a sushi menu – but personally, I find urchins to be intensely salty and fishy tasting.  Since we don’t have many here in the Pond, I always carefully place them back where I found them.  Sea urchins adhere to submerged rocks and slowly creep along eating algae and seaweed that grows on the surface. They are a lot of fun to look at and are just one example of the interesting Rhode Island marine life in our backyard.