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Aussie Navy called in to "defuse" sea urchins

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 29, 2016 09:00 AM
The Royal Australian Navy came to the resuce when a snorkeler reported sighting two explosive sea mines at the GBR. It turns out, the mines were nothing more than big urchins. Crisis averted!
Aussie Navy called in to "defuse" sea urchins

Potato-quality pic of one of the urchins mistaken for an unexploded mine

The local authorities were incredulous about the snorkeler's claim, going so far as to show him photos of sea urchins to see if he may have mistaken echinoderms for mines.  But the snorkeler was adamant about spotting the sea mines, so the local authorities called in the Royal Australian Navy to the scene.

As the authorities suspected, these "mines" turned out to be (pencil?) urchins.

To add insult to injury, the Navy was not immediately available to assess and "defuse" the mines, so Syndey Police was forced to zone off the urchins, watching over them overnight.

Better safe than sorry, right?

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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