Ode to Holothuria mexicana
There was a cucumber well hung
Who went by the name Donkey Dung
and gut expellation
Concombres de mer are such fun!
In searching for inspiration for my Limerick I discovered some very interesting things. Did you know that you can order dried sea cucumbers! One seller says "Any potential buyer are encourage to meet me freely in bandung to see the products before decide to buy. Order above 1 ton will have a discount." Wow! How fast can I get to Bandung?! Which by the way is in Indonesia. It is probably no surprise that sea cucumbers are a food most enjoyed in Asian countries, China in particular. (They do seem to be enamored with aphrodesiac food things and clearly sea cucumbers have that power!)
Here is one photo I found of some of the fine echinoderm product (from http://www.himfr.com/d-p113199249662845100-Sea_Cucumber/):
YUMMY! So there is of course a fishery for these animals. Here are two interesting links that can tell you more, one from Alaska's Department of Fish and Game http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/geninfo/shellfsh/seacucumber/seacuchome.php and one from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community www.spc.int/coastfish/news/bdm/22/terney.pdf
And finally, in the event that you are planning a romantic dinner here is a link to a recipe for braised sea cucumber: http://www.chinesfoodrecipes.com/)
Something to keep in mind... this recipe gives the impression that cooking sea cucumbers is an easy thing, however, from other articles I have read regarding the prepartion of dried sea cucumbers, there can be a lot more involved than throwing them into a little sauce. For example, soaking them for days, with periodic water changes to get them tender enough to eat.
Apparently they can rehydrate to 10 times their dried size (hmmm...). So if you are brave enough to order and try eating these ugly things, good luck! And let me know how they taste!!