Bycatch: Variegated sea urchin

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Bycatch: Variegated sea urchin

The most common sea urchin in Tampa Bay is the variegated sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus.


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Saxitoxin, the compound that produces paralytic shellfish poisoning, was used in suicide pills for U.S. U-2 spy plane pilots in the Cold War in case of crash and potential capture.

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