To bring the blog back to its tunicate-y roots, here’s an AWESOME piece of predatory tunicate art from Noctorunal Sea. They say they’ll have it up as at this webstore soon. I know what I’m gettin’ for my office wall next!
Thanks to Chris Mah for sending me over to this great video of a fearsome predatory tunicate (likely Megalodicopia hians)! Happy Friday, all!
From this issue of the Ascidian News comes word of something….well….awesome.
To wit, hollow out one Halocynthia roretzi. Fill tunic with Soju (korean whiskey). Drink.
For some reason, I think this would work really well with Laphroaig or other Islay malts. Or, perhaps, give that nice Islay character to something more generic – spice up your Johnny walker with a little Styela.
On second thought, a big Styela is about the size of a shot glass…
At last, Halocynthia roretzi has made it to the Food Network! Scroll to 3:40 for the good stuff.
“Yummy is not the word I would use to describe this…” Uh oh.
Yes, it’s time for squirts to take the limelight in America’s most fashionable magazine! I know this is a little old, but in the 2007 article, If You Knew Sushi by Nick Tosches, the author encounters a delicacy, Halocynthia roretzi aka the Sea Pineapple. (That’s right, they’re even on wikipedia now!)
Among a biochromatic wealth of mysterious mollusks and other sea invertebrates of unknown nature, I see the weirdest creature I’ve ever seen. Now, that’s a fucking organism. Tom Asakawa looks at it awhile, too.
“Sea pineapple,” he says. “Attaches to rocks in the ocean. Tastes something like iodine. Sendai people like it.”
It looks nothing like a pineapple. It looks like something that could exist only in a purely hallucinatory eco-system. It looks like, I don’t know, maybe an otherworldly marital aid of inscrutable purpose for the brides of Satan.
“I need to eat that,” I say.
It’s only a matter of time before they come to the states! Right?