It’s all part of the experience with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures. However, Stan Cook Jr., who helps run the family business, didn’t quite realize it at first. It was only when a Japanese tourist started screaming: “Uni, uni!” during a tour at low tide that he truly understood the star value of the prickly urchins once commonly referred to as “whore’s eggs” by fishermen due to their propensity for ripping nets.
“She scooped up around 30 or 40 of them on the spray skirt and started cracking them open with her paddle and eating them all at once,” recounts Cook, cutting open a sea urchin and handing it around on his paddle for a taste test to our group. “She was going crazy. She was so excited, I thought she might fall out. She kept looking at them all in the water and saying ‘Stanley, it’s like floating $20 bills!’” (Photo: Courtesy of Susanne Hiller)