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Shingle Helmet Urchins

Shingle or helmet urchins, known as “ha’uke’uke kaupali” in Hawaiian, are some of the most unusual sea urchins to live in Hawaii. Except for a fringe of spines that extend around the perimeter of their shells, their spines have shrunk and flattened to form a plated dome to withstand the intense pounding of surf in the wave impact zone.

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