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Feb 21, 2010 08:02 PM

Can you identify this seafood?

I spotted it outdoors at a Chinese market on Grand St., east of Forsyth:

The bin was unlabeled, except for the price per pound. Thanks in advance for your random speculations and reasonable guesses, if not your assured ID.

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  1. Just a guess, but might this be some kind of sea vegetable or seaweed? It doesn't seem to have many features indentifyable with animals...

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    1. re: Tripeler

      i also thought at first that it might be some sort of anemone or sea cucumber...but they almost look like ridged squid bodies - perhaps it's some other cephalopod? cuttlefish?

      i hope someone figures it out because i'm stumped and now i want to know!

    2. Is it a sea squirt of sorts? Most anemone are inedible I believe so it can't be that.

      1. They look like barnacles, to me.

        1. I be there's some scientist(s) at the NY Aquarium or the American Museum of Natural history who can identify this in a trice. Explore around in the websites for sea-creture specialist.

          1. Looks like Dale Chihully glass sculptures. Beautiful pic.

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            1. re: simetrias

              I just e-mailed yr pix to my Chinese friend in Chicago.
              His family are great cooks and eaters.