.html">cucumber.html">cucumber farmers in China’s eastern Shandong province are helping the sea
.html">sea.html">sea.html">sea creatures underwater to breathe a little easier. They’re breaking ice so oxygen can get in.
[Xing Xiujie, Sea Cucumber Farmer]:
"The ice froze earlier this year than usual, which is thicker than the same time in previous years. The ice has a great impact on (the growing of) sea
.html">cucumber.html">cucumbers. We thus have to break ice to bring oxygen for them; otherwise, many of sea cucumbers would die."
Xing Xiujie says if the ice becomes too thick for the light to shine through, the sea cucumbers will die from lack of oxygen.
Local media report that some 6.6 thousand acres of coastline in Rongcheng city has been covered by ice. Two thirds of this breeding pool has been frozen and farmers are trying to keep it from freezing more.
Sea cucumber, also called Sea Slug, is a considered a delicacy in many Asian countries and is usually served on holidays and special occasions.
Both the animal itself and its roes are farmed. It is believed to have medicinal properties that range from curing impotence to constipation.
Most sea cucumbers are caught in the ocean but recently farmers have found a way to farm them domestically.
With Chinese New Year coming up, this farmer says he’s planning to aerate the water to save his animals if need be.