Kōrero: Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms

Dried starfish and sea urchin

Dried starfish and sea urchin

These starfish and a sea urchin (top centre) were collected by underwater divers near Kapiti Island in 1971. A hobby at the time was to dry the specimens to make wall plaques. Since 1992 much of the underwater life of Kapiti Island has been protected in a marine reserve, and it is illegal to collect animals such as these within its bounds.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1971/5161/22A

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms - Spiny-skinned animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5186/dried-starfish-and-sea-urchin (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006