National Geographic : 1956 Apr
© National Geographic Society + Giant Sea Cucumbers on Ifalik's Beach Suggest Sections of Nonskid Tires Known as trepang and bche-de-mer when dried, these unlikely looking cousins of the starfish are prized for soup in China and on some Pacific islands, but not on Ifalik. A slender fish makes its home in the water filled gut of this species, Thelenota ananas. Donald P. Abbott (above) 4' Yani Weighs His Day's Rations for the Benefit of Science Contributing to a diet study, Yani listed all food used by his household for a month. Such record keeping was not easy, because the islanders eat so irregularly. These sea anemones, when stewed, faintly resemble oysters in flavor. Dr. Abbott takes notes.