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Wilderness: Sea Urchin Puncture (cont.)


  • Look carefully when exiting the ocean, particularly in areas that are rocky, have coral, or ironshore coral.
  • If an exit is covered with urchins, try to pick an alternate exit to avoid injury.
  • Do not handle marine life. Marine animals are sensitive to human touch, and handling or moving them may stress the animal or remove protective covering on the scales or skin.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/12/2015

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