We had been given a tentacle from a freshly caught octopus in south Prince William Sound. When I opened the packaging to prepare the tentacle for cooking, I saw that the skin looked fairly translucent. It had a clear jelly-like layer between the skin and the meat of the tentacle. That layer was about 1.5 inches thick. I had laid some wax paper over my cutting board to protect it. When I tried to adjust the tentacle on the waxed paper, I could lift the skin about 6” up in the air before the rest of the tentacle even started to move from my pulling on it. This did not appear normal to me. I threw it in the garbage. I was not going to feed that to my family. In hindsight, I wish I had taken a picture of it. Can anyone tell me what that was? Also hearing about jelly-bellied halibut, I stopped eating and cooking seafood from the Pacific.
— Diane Pillars