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DiverDownD3

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Just getting into photography and took a picture of this guy on the Caribsea in NC a few weeks ago. Can anyone ID it? I've tried looking it up and can't figure it out
 

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RyanT

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It's a sea cucumber, what species, I don't know. It is an echinoderm, so t's related to starfish, sea urchins, and sand dollars.
 

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They are fairly common in NC. I do not know if several species or just varied colors but I have seen them all the way from speckled like you to blotchy to mostly brown to a dark purple (once earlier this year)

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And no .. you cannot make a salad out of it ... :stirpot:
 

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A Chinese restaurant here had it on the menu, expensive.
 

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I was served sea cucumber at a banquet in China.
It tasted kinda like boiled elastic bands and had the same consistency. Ugh!
 

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I was served sea cucumber at a banquet in China.
It tasted kinda like boiled elastic bands and had the same consistency. Ugh!
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I'll stick with our Americanized versions of Chinese foods.
 

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Getting off topic but overall, I very much enjoyed the food in China, far better than American/Chinese. Sea cucumber, however,was not to my taste. Better, IMO, to leave them in the ocean.
 

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It's a sea cucumber, what species, I don't know. It is an echinoderm, so t's related to starfish, sea urchins, and sand dollars.

Possibly not yet fully mature chocolate chip cucumber (isostichopus badionotus).

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