Beneath the Waves in California - ecophotog

© Joseph W. Dougherty. All rights reserved. LOW RESOLUTION SAMPLE Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Philippi, 1845) Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus, commonly called Red Sea Urchin (although its color ranges from pink or orange to nearly black), is a sea urchin found in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California. It lives in shallow waters from the low-tide line to 90 metres (300 ft) deep, and is typically found on rocky shores that are sheltered from extreme wave action. This species is prized by sushi lovers and is considered one of the best species for uni, the brightly colored urchin roe (eggs) that is a Japanese delicacy.

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