Mama Diaries

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Freaky Sea Urchin

I took my kids to the pet store today to replenish pet supplies.  When I was ready to check out, the kids went over to a huge salt water tank.  They peered into the glass and oohed and ahhhed over the aquatic creatures.

Then they saw something strange.  "Mama," my daughter said.  "Come here and check this out."

"Hold on a minute.  Let me finish paying."

When I was done, I walked over to the tank.  "What do you want to show me?"

"That sea urchin has an eyeball."

Huh?  "I don't think sea urchins have eyeballs."

My son pointed to the creature.  "Yeah they do.  Look."

Sure enough, there was some kind of round eyeball thing on it.  And it looked like it was looking at me.  That was a little freaky, but I still didn't think that sea urchins had eyeballs. So I asked the worker.  "What's that bubble thing on the sea urchin?"

"An eyeball."

"Seriously?  Sea urchins have eyeballs?"

The guy nodded.  "It's used to see and excrete waste materials."

Okay.  That was way more than I needed to know. What a freaky creature! 

Did you know that sea urchins had eyeballs (that excrete waste material, too)?  

19 comments:

  1. Eeeeek! Interesting and gross at the same time!!

    LOL

    Happy Week!
    LuLu~*xoxo

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    1. I think so, too. I have to wonder how well it sees!

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  2. I had no idea! Icky and yet fascinating.

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  3. I had no idea. Now I hope I don't dream about that tonight. I'll let you know. ;)

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    1. Uh oh. I'm going to feel real bad if you end up having freaky eyeball nightmares!

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  4. lol, that's weird. I think sea urchins win the freaky award.

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    1. Yes. Maybe my kids should made a freaky award sticker and plaster it on that urchin's tank!

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  5. Ewww! Not sure how much a sea urchin can see when it's getting rid of waste from that same eyeball.

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    1. I can only wonder what I looked like to that creature. I probably don't want to know!

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  6. An eyeball that can poo, haha who knew.

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    1. You'll have to write about it at your mat. I'm sure cat would get a kick out of that!

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  7. That's called multitasking with an eyeball.

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    1. LOL! A multi-tasking eyeball. Good one!

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  8. i've never noticed, but then again, i wasn't looking!

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