Fancy this for dinner?
Although this looks like something that's inevitably going to be hit by a wave of radiation and turn into a giant monster that takes on Godzilla in cheesy Japanese B-Movie, it's actually a delicacy. Yep, you can crunch your way through this little beauty should your heart desire it, although I'm not sure that many of you will have a heart beating with intense desire to take a bite out of this.
So, what are they? These are Giant Isopods
), and they're not usually found above the depth of 100-686 below the waves around the Western Central Pacific. However, that doesn't stop fishermen from dredging them up and serving them on a plate to the Japanese population, where they're known as 'ogusokumushi'. That means 'giant armoured bug'. Oh Japan, we do love you!
Anyway, if you're willing to try one then they apparently taste like prawn or crab. That's if you can get through the tough shell though! They're fried up on a plate for you to try, although that doesn't stop them looking a bit like a woodlouse.
If you're in Japan then +RocketNews24
have helpfully pointed out (http://bit.ly/GiantIsopodG
) that you can taste one at an aquariums 'Third Deep Sea Festival' on March 29 and 30. There's only a 100 there to try, although I'm not entirely sure they'll be going all that popular to try.
How about it? Would you give one a taste? #freakynature #nature #sealife #japan #weirdfood #animals