Women collecting sea urchins at low tide

Early morning at the south coast, close to the reef two women collecting sea urchins in the swallow waters. As the sun starts to peek over the horizon, the women make their way down to the beach. The tide is low and the sea urchins are easy to find. The women carefully search through the swallow waters for their next meal.
Sea urchins are a common food source on the south coast of Kenya. They can be found at low tide, and the early morning hours are the best time to collect them. The waters are calm and there is less chance of being stung by a jellyfish.

The women use small buckets to collect the urchins. They work quickly, as they know that high tide will soon arrive. In a few hours, they will have enough urchins to sell at the market or use for dinner.