Flower Urchin

Northern Living - - FEATURE -

Look­ing like a bou­quet of tiny flow­ers or a sin­gle dahlia, this species of sea urchin, com­monly found in the Indo-West Pa­cific, looks like a harm­less lit­tle gem, but it has caused pain to many snorkel­ers and divers who un­know­ingly touch coral reefs. Some ef­fects are mus­cu­lar paral­y­sis, dis­ori­en­ta­tion, and breath­ing prob­lems. First aid: Most of the time, the flower urchin’s sting can be man­aged by re­mov­ing its spike im­me­di­ately from the skin and sub­merg­ing the af­fected body part in hot water for at least an hour.

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