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Can you eat the Sea Urchins in the Virgin Islands?  

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ikory
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I see urchins in sushi restarants a lot. I have seen Andrew Zimmern eat them many times on the travel channel. I do not know the species common in the Virgin Islands and only thing I have read so far is you can eat all species just some taste really bad. So are sea urchins a tasty treat or should I avoid them at all cost?

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sheiba
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Sea urchins help maintain algae growth in the reef. The reef will smother in algae without the urchins.

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Alana33
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I have lived here forever and have never seen anyone, native or not, eating our local seas urchins.
Fish eyeballs and other interesting local delicacies, yes. Urchins, no!;)

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ikory
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Thank you everyone. This was very useful. I think I will give it a try and see. I am assuming the worse now, so perhaps I might be surprised.

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OldTart
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Thank you everyone. This was very useful. I think I will give it a try and see. I am assuming the worse now, so perhaps I might be surprised.

Based on easily accessible data (which you seem not to have explored at all), I caution against this plan. You appear to be one of these, "I'll do what I do whatever" dipshits. Oh, big sigh. But, seriously, don't come to my neck of the woods.

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AandA2VI
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Wow that was a little harsh OT.

I would also do a little more research on how to prepare them if you do decide to eat them. Diadema antillarum is eaten on many islands in the Caribbean but since 1984 when 95% of them died off because of a pathogen, people consume MUCH less now.

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