Saturday, January 21, 2006

Just eat it!

According to the BBC, the nation is gripped by the story of a lost whale stuck in the Thames. I can guess what would happen if it turned up in Japan...

Update

Well if course it died. Very sad and all that. I just hope they don't try to deal with this way.

8 comments:

Brian said...

And if it were small, warm, and furry?

James Annan said...

Feed it to a snake, of course! (Not what you might think - check the link)

Peter Hearnden said...

Humm, but if you're going to eat a whale don't you have to harpoon it first, let it drag you along until it's exhaused and dies and only then eat it? Or have I missed something?

Basically the score is: Human ignorance 1 Whales 0 .

Belette said...

For the definitive resource on exploding whales, try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_whale

Peter Hearnden said...

Humm, looks like I have missed something :( Looks like 'modern' harpoons at least set out to be quick, even if this can't be guaranteed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling

James Annan said...

Peter,

You can herd them into a bay and hack them to pieces too. That works for dolphins as well as small whales. Apparently it's a very tuna-friendly method :-)

FWIW the closest I have got to whale meat in Japan is seeing a small chunk in Tokyo's vast fish market, hidden between mountains of fish. Never spotted it in a restaurant or shop.

EliRabett said...

Japan being too far away, the best move would be to sell it to the Norwegians. Given their fondness for buried fish in lye sauce, a few days of rotting would be no problem.

On the otherhand, I have it from good authority that English ice cream is made from reconstituted whale fat. Thus there should be some local takers.

James Annan said...

Eli,

I'm sure it is many years since whale fat was last used in UK ice cream. It is apparently done in Japan occasionally as a gimmick (Organic! Dairy-free!). Not that I've seen it myself.