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Photos: Exotic Eats at the 2014 Explorers Club Gala

Epicurean Explorers

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The cocktail hour at the 110th Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel featured exotic menu options, including alligator meat.

Goat Glands

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Goat testicles were available for intrepid eaters at the event, held on Saturday March 15, 2014.

Exotic Dinner

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The adventurous hors d'oeuvres have become a staple of the glitzy gala, where astronauts and archaeologists rub shoulders with oceanographers and nature photographers. Shown here, a chef serves snakehead fish.

Python

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Sautéed snake, anyone?

Unconventional Hors d'Oeuvres

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Edible critters on display during the cocktail hour.

Meet Your Meat

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Alligator was among the more striking dishes served at the Explorers Club Annual Gala.

Durian

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If you can get past the pungent smell, the Southeast Asian fruit known as durian has a pleasantly sweet taste.

Carving the Bird

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Ostrich meat, which looks and tastes like beef, was served to guests at the black-tie affair.

When Life Gives You Lionfish…

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Lionfish, an invasive species in western Atlantic and the Caribbean, can be turned into meals — that is, once their toxic spines are removed.

Muskrat

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On a carving board, chefs cut slices of muskrat meat.

Megan Gannon
Megan has been writing for Live Science and Space.com since 2012. Her interests range from archaeology to space exploration, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and art history from New York University. Megan spent two years as a reporter on the national desk at NewsCore. She has watched dinosaur auctions, witnessed rocket launches, licked ancient pottery sherds in Cyprus and flown in zero gravity. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.