Magnificent Urchin

Astropyga magnifica  RARE

These are reported to be very rare in this area. That, that in addition to the reports that these urchins only inhabit depths of 30 to 290 feet deep, makes the encounter even more spectacular since these were in 5 feet of water~! Juveniles are lighter colored and the adults are almost black/purple in color. So it seems these two are different ages.

Magnificent Urchin - Astropyga magnifica
Magnificent Urchin - Astropyga magnifica
Magnificent Urchin - Astropyga magnifica
Magnificent Urchin - Astropyga magnifica
Magnificent Urchin - Astropyga magnifica

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