Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker




















































 -   The capture and
preparation of these creatures is confined exclusively to the
Chinese, who dry them in the sun until - Page 290
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The Capture And Preparation Of These Creatures Is Confined Exclusively To The Chinese, Who Dry Them In The Sun Until They Shrink To The Size Of A Large Sausage And Harden To The Consistency Of Horn; They Are Then Exported To China For Making Soups.

No doubt they are more strengthening than agreeable; but I imagine that our common garden slug would be an excellent substitute to any one desirous of an experiment, as it exactly resembles its nautical representative in color and appearance.

Trincomalee is the great depot for this trade, which is carried on to a large extent, together with that of sharks' fins, the latter being used by the Chinese for the same purpose as the biche de mer. Trincomalee affords many facilities for this trade, as the slugs are found in large quantities on the spot, and the finest harbor of the East is alive with sharks. Few things surpass the tropical beauty of this harbor; lying completely land-locked, it seems like a glassy lake surrounded by hills covered with the waving foliage of groves of cocoa-nut trees and palms of great variety. The white bungalows with their red-tiled roofs, are dotted about along the shore, and two or three men-of-war are usually resting at their ease in this calm retreat. So deep is the water that the harbor forms a perfect dock, as the largest vessel can lie so close to the shore that her yards overhang it, which enables stores and cargo to be shipped with great facility.

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