Monday, March 20, 2017

"Cuttle" Up A Little Closer, Lovie

While running errands Sunday, I passed a chiringuito (beach bar) that had something cooking on a skewer other than the usual sardines. Of course, there were the usual sardines at every other chiringuito, but this particular spot was preparing cuttlefish.

(Click the images and consider yourselves cuddled.)

FRESH-CAUGHT CUTTLEFISH ON THE COSTA DEL SOL.
CUTTLEFISH (FROM WIKIPEDIA).
PHOTO CREDIT: © HANS HILLEWAERT.

A while back, San Geraldo and I found a large cuttlefish bone (cuttlebone) on the beach while walking one day; there were a variety of smaller bones, as well. We recognized them from our years raising canaries. Cuttlebone is what we've all seen in bird cages; it's used to help keep the birds' beaks trim. I never gave a thought to where the bone came from and why it was called "cuttle."


THE LARGE BONE WE FOUND...


THE USUAL SARDINES — IN ABUNDANCE.


Cuddle up and be my little clinging vine...

20 comments:

  1. Fresh fish on a nice warm beach, why don't I live there?

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  2. I came face to face with a little cuttlefish (3 inches long) when snorkeling in Playa Del Carmen...he shot ink at us and zoomed off, scared him a bit I think. I am not keen on eating them though

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Nope, I'm not keen on eating them either. But what an experience to be inked by one while snorkeling!

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  3. not exactly an attractive fish, is it?

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    1. anne marie:
      Why in the world would they call it a "cuddle"?

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  4. Love the song, but ill pass on the cuddlefish. Yuck. Reminds me a a small squid sort of. I've also never been a huge sardines fan either.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      I'm still not a fan of sardines, especially skewered and salted like this. As for the cuttlefish, I'll skip it!

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  5. I did not know that it is cuttlefish bones used in bird cages! Thanks for teaching me something new today!

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    1. Debra:
      I knew them as cuttlebones and could clearly see they were bones from something, but it never once dawned on me to wonder from what. Jerry, of course, must have read up on it the first time he saw a bone in a bird cage.

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  6. I agree with mistress maddie, pass on the cuttlefish! They are not pretty.
    Your beach looks gorgeous. Sigh....

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    1. Cat Lover:
      The beach is glorious, especially when I don't have to share with anyone. I'll skip the cuttlefish, too.

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  7. Fascinating! I knew I had heard of the word before but it didn't ring right until you mentioned bird cages.
    R

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    1. sophie (and Ron):
      See? You CAN teach a "mature" dog new tricks!

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  8. The cuttlefish is kinda fugly, so i'll skip it, too.

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  9. We always had a cuttlebone in our bird cage when I was growing up. Like you, I never knew where it came from.

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    1. Stephen:
      I used to think it was some kind of chalk.

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  10. Well there you go!! Who knew that? Not moi!
    They look like squid sort of.
    I would be at those sardine 'stands' in a flash! I LOVE sardines (hey, I'm a true Maritimer!)

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    1. Jim:
      They're in the same class of marine animals as squid and octopus. I've had some good sardines here, which surprised me. But I'm very particular about them and I have a really hard time eating whole fish that have bones (and eyes).

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