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Sea urchins wear hats

Sea urchins wear hats! I’m not kidding.

At the aquarium, we saw these sea urchins with shells and a piece of coral tube stuck on top of its head. Laughing it off we said they’re fadhionistos wearing hats.

At California Academy of Science
California Academy of Science

Looking it up at home, we actually learned it’s a safety mechanism sea urchins use. Their suction feet grabs shells or other available items to hide from predators or weigh themselves down from getting washed away with the tides.

Another theory is that it blocks UV rays from hurting them.

A related article told an interesting story of a Reddit user who printed out 3D hats for their pet sea urchins. They made it realistic and hilarious.

Redditor: VanillaBean5813

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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