Name: Edible Sea-urchin
Scientific name: Echinus esculentus
Nature Stars: 50
About: A large, round sea-urchin up to 15cm across with short, strong spines. Usually brick-orange in colour, with white bumps which the orange spines are attached to. Lives amongst seaweed and rocks, where it grazes on algae and small shellfish.
How to identify: The largest British sea-urchin.
Where: Found on rocky shores, particularly around the north and west.
Fantastic fact: An edible species, eaten particularly in Spain and Portugal.
Photograph credit: George Paterson