Thursday, August 04, 2005

SEA CUCUMBER



Heard on the radio this morning that the demand for sea cucumbers in China is skyrocketing.

The sea cucumber is considered one of the most sought after delicacies in Chinese cuisine besides the abalone.

And as usual, it is believed that the sea cucumber has medicinal properties that can even cure the avian disease...

But probably not this specie with a mouthful of a name...

Try pronouncing 'Bohadschia graeffei' and see if it makes sense to anyone...

Keeeeh!

According to my sources, this species radically changes it appearance from juvenile to adult, mimicking the looks of the nudibranch at the juvenile stage.

This is probably a survival strategy, as nudibranches are known to be distasteful or even poisonous to predators...

Adults are characterized by their beige color with black spots, warty skin, and short white tipped tubercles for movement...

This guy was about 50 centimeters long...

Picture taken in early evening while the guy was out feeding...

The 'model' in the background is my better half...