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NOAA Photo Library Image - expn5597

A dirty looking cidarid sea urchin on a dead bamboo coral branch. The sea urchin is a living habitat for small hydroids and barnacles. Why has this urchin climbed up a dead coral bush?

Image ID: expn5597, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Hawaii, Keahole, Kona Coast
Photo Date: 20150829T213318Z
Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana

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