Abalone pickin' time
If you walk into a sushi bar and order awabi, chances are you are going to shell out some coin, as awabi is sushi made from a dinner plate-sized sea snail — the abalone, or "sea ear" — a distant relative of octopus, clams and squid, that has a "foot" about an inch thick and the size of your hand, and is worth as much as $60–$100 each.
Abalone are in the family Haliotidae and the Haliotis genus. The most primitive of mollusks, they originated in Cambrian Period 500 million ...
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