Some scientists believe that the collector sea urchin (Tripneustes gratilla) is extinct on Saipan due to over collection. Imagine my surprise to find one after more than 7 years! Well, it may very well be extinct now since I made this one into a yummy sea urchin sashimi or uni! Yummy!
I also found a live tulip cone snail (Conus tulipa). Out of all the cone snails, this one resembles the deadly geography cone (C. geographus) the most, so there is speculation that it is just as deadly. Cone snails use a harpoon-like tooth to inject their prey with venom and handling them can prove to be deadly. So my advice: Hands off! Check out this link that my friend Doug wrote that has video of a geography cone snail.
Thanks for talking stories with me again. Take care, friends.