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Watch your step, hundreds of red sea urchins wash up on Patong Beach



Photo via Facebook / ปชส. จังหวัดภูเก็ต (PR Phuket)

Hundreds of red sea urchins washed up on Phuket’s Patong Beach yesterday, prompting marine life experts to investigate and lifeguards to warn beachgoers to watch out their steps to avoid the sharp spines.

Marine experts say the sea urchins are the same species that washed up on Patong beach earlier this month. On March 2, hundreds of the red sea urchins, also known as the scientific name Astropyga radiata, were found on Patong Beach. It was a bizarre event for locals. One lifeguard said they’d never seen anything like it.

This time, it’s estimated that more than 1,000 sea urchins washed up, many in front of the Patong Merlin Hotel. After taking some testing samples of the ocean water and examining some of the sea urchins, officers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources concluded that the urchins came close to shore to graze on algae. They say strong waves from the spring tide washed the urchins up to the shore.

ภูเก็ตพบเม่นทะเลเกยตื้นหาดป่าตอง รอบ 2 แจ้งหน่วยงานที่เกี่ยวข้องเข้าตรวจสอบ

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Posted by ปชส. จังหวัดภูเก็ต on Monday, March 15, 2021

SOURCE: Phuket News


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  1. Steve

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    I didnt think there was any urchins left in the sense off Thailand , I thought they had all been eaten

  2. John

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Somebody should scoop them up for sale to the nearest Japanese restaurant…sea urchin gonads (uni) are a delicacy used in sushi and other dishes.

  3. toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    They are Buddhist reincarnations of Phuket scammers.

  4. Jason

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    In any other year, I can see a lot of drunk russian men impaling themselves on these on the morning after!! And their wives and girlfriends having a good laugh at the pain of their stupidity :)))

  5. Lewis

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Are these edible like uni served at Japanese sushi restaurants?

  6. toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:22 am

    I was stung by one while snorkeling off Koh Larn.
    To ease the pain, batter the stung area with a beer bottle. This disperses the poison.
    Lucky I had a beer bottle handy at the time.

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