The Cornish Sea Urchin or common urchin is the largest found in British waters.
Usually a brick-orange in colour, with white bumps, colouring varies in the species between reddish purples and brownish oranges.
The spines, which in some species are long and sharp, serve to protect the urchin from predators, once cleaned of these the shells have a wonderful geometric beauty.
Urchin species are found in oceans all over the world, living on hard and rocky sea beds they can be found in waters up to a thousand metres deep and typically feed on algae and seaweed in the wild.
Please note, as a natural product there may be differences in colour from the images shown.
Cornish Urchins are found in the Western approaches to the English Channel and as specimen shells are prized by collectors worldwide.
Size: approx Ø 10-12 cm