Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sea pumpkin on the beach

Before a sea pumpkin becomes a ... well, sea pumpkin, it spends it's life as a spiky sea urchin living in a rock pool or gully somewhere on the coast.  But once the creature inside the shell dies the spikes fall off and only a green "pumpkin" looking shell is left behind.  These sea pumpkins are very popular with people, specially kids, picking up shells.

4 comments:

  1. I love those sea urchin shells and have seen them in many colors on our west coast. Makes a nice pumpkin.

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  2. Great shot. My sons used to pick them up and make necklaces from them.

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