National Geographic : 1937 Feb
STRANGE CREATURES OF SUNNY SEAS © National Geographic Society Painted by Else Bostelmann under direction Roy W. Miner GRAB THIS GAMY ARMORED KNIGHT AT YOUR PERIL! Although the SPINY LOBSTER, or CRAYFISH, of Florida and the West Indies has no pincer claws, as does its northern cousin, long, lancelike antennae and sharp spines help protect it against enemies. During the day this brightly banded creature lurks in crevices, but at night it wanders about in search of food, pointed tips of slender legs barely touching the bottom. Its jointed tail contains delicious meat. Needlelike spines of the SEA URCHIN (upper left) seldom stop waving back and forth on ball-and socket joints. When the points pierce a bather's leg, they break off, work inward, and cause festering sores. Red-striped SQUIRRELFISH swim above the crayfish, and red FIRE SPONGES brighten the coral.