Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sea Urchin

..small spiny sea creature found in oceans all over the world. They are members of the 'phylum echinodermata' which includes starfish, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and crinoids.
Humans consume sea urchin (roe) raw or briefly coked, popular in Korean cuisine and called 'uni' in Japanese sushi cuisine.



Photo taken by Laetitia.

12 comments:

RUTH said...

I hope you were careful picking it up; it looks quite lethal. I've never tasted sea urchin but like most fish and shell fish.

Dina said...

Ruth, this was caught by Laetitia's husband and am sure he was careful. My grandmother used to catch them and eat them there and then she used to say they are delicious , I have never tried them either.

Peter said...

Better not walk on them, but I can tell you that they taste good, like most fresh seafood! I have of course a preference for oysters.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Not me. I don't eat anything that looks like that. At least I don't think I do.

I am all for letting sea urchins live a peaceful life in the oceans of the world.

marie6 said...

I'm with abraham, in fact I got Joe to put it back in the sea after he had shown it to our kids.
Funnily enough they had never seen one before considering they spend most of their time at the beach, but sadly a lot of sealife is being destroyed by pollution.

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi I saw this sticky awful thing her too, smaller and it was sticking on my shoe!!! NICE photo,

JoAnn :)

Curly said...

I just had to find out what this was, do you know I've never seen one before?

South Shields Daily Photo

berzy said...

I have eaten sea urchins but this was during WW2 when we were hungry and would it anything. They taste like sea food.

in Maltese they are called 'rizzi' (plural) or 'rizza' for one.

Some fishermen used to sell them in the street, door to door. They would clean them for you too.

Carin said...

Uh, no I never felt the urge to taste them either. Nasty things if you step on them though.

NorthBayPhoto said...

Yikes! I wouldn't want to step anywhere near that.

Bergson said...

I prefer the sea urchins just open and to clean.
Then to eat them with a small spoon with aperitif.

david mcmahon said...

Hi from Australia, Dina,

Followed your link from Ruth's blog. Like you, I am a parent as well and a photographer and a blogger.

Nice to see a few familiar faces commenting here.

The sea urchin looks pretty lethal! Nice work. Will be back to viit ...

Keep smiling

David