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Old 01/26/2018, 06:03 AM   #443
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Originally Posted by Ron Reefman View Post
SaltySully, it turns out you were right. The marine biologist at Bailey Mathews National Shell Museum says it's a Hairy Sea Cucumber (Sclerodactyla briareus). The part I was unaware of is that it's an echinoderm and all echinoderms are protected on Sanibel Island and if I had been caught with it by FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission) I could have been fined up to $500 and the loss of the sea cucumber too!

Good to know. Sanibel has some of, if not the most restrictive collection rules in the State of Florida.
I didn't know seacucumbers were protected there also, I knew live seashells were, but that surprised me. Cool find any way.

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