These are some expensive sea cucumbers which my mil has soaked for days to soften them. She had wanted to stew the sea cucumbers with chicken feet. As she was washing the sea cucumbers just a moment ago, she noticed that there were many tiny brown specks stuck inside the sea cucumbers. Based on her past experience, she told me that she has never seen such specks inside sea cucumbers before. As she felt uneasy and skeptical about the unusual spots, she threw all the sea cucumbers away! It’s better to be safe than sorry she said. So off to the bin the sea cucumber went and my mil just stewed the chicken feet with dried scallops and dried cuttlefish.