That`s a great story! (and funny).
I have never seen and echinoid covering with something particularly
different apart from sand and algae
> Something I forgot to mention:
> In the early 1970's we were studying the echinoid Lytechinus in Bermuda.
> On a very hot day about four of us were snorkeling
> In Harrington Sound, collecting urchins. Butch, the boat operator from
> the Bermuda Biological Station, was wearing a pair of shorts and, while we
> were in the water, he decided to cool down a little. He dived in, swam
> around for a few minutes, and climbed back into the boat. As we started
> back towards the Lab, Butch discovered that he did not have his wallet.
> It had fallen out of his pocket when he went swimming. We returned to the
> collecting site, and we looked for quite a while, but did not find the
> The next day, we returned to the site to do some more collecting. A
> student immediately found a Lytechinus covered with a
> U.S. $1 bill! Close by this urchin was Butch's wallet. All's well that
> ends well.
> Other things we found on Bermuda urchins: golf balls, the old aluminium
> pull-off pop-tops from beer cans, one earring, and, most grotesque -
> dead echinoid tests.
> Cheers, Dave Pawson.
Dr. Francisco A. Solís-Marín
Jefe de la Unidad Académica Ecología y Biodiversidad Acuática.
Colección Nacional de Equinodermos
"Dra. Ma. E. Caso Muñoz"
Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Circuito Universitario s/n
Tel. (52) 56-22-58-43