The Hawaiian Limpet
'Opihi are a prized delicacy in the islands, and collecting enough for a lu'au can be a dangerous task. Sure footing, a good grip, vigilance and a sharp knife are essential when picking 'opihi. With a squat, dome-shaped shell, the 'opihi can deflect pounding waves powerful enough to sweep an unwary picker out to sea.
To native Hawaiians, 'opihi can be aumakua, or family gods, protecting one from sharks and heavy surf.
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