Edible Sea Urchin Echinus esculentus

Edible Sea Urchin
Edible Sea Urchin
Edible Sea Urchin
The Common Sea Urchin also has the unfortunate name of the (European) Edible Sea Urchin, although several other species of urchin are also edible. It is native to western European coasts.
Edible Sea Urchin
Edible Sea Urchin
Edible Sea Urchin
It is pink with white or pink spikes and grows to 10cm diameter. It is good at rasping algae and barnacles off rocks with its beak. It is near threatened by collection both for consumption and for ornamental souvenirs.