Ascidians in Vanity Fair!

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.

Googling around, you can find a lot more info on Sea Pineapples, including info on their Aquaculture and more.

It’s only a matter of time before they come to the states! Right?

Sir Sea Squirt

For the fashionable marine biologist: Some months back, I fell upon a website called Sir Critter selling t-shirts of organisms bedecked by a monocle, top-hats, and cane. I asked the designer if he would create a Sir Sea Squirt. He was delighted, and just posted the resulting shirt, Sir Sea Squirt.

For those of you out there who don’t think Sea Squirts are, indeed, the coolest thing on earth. *ahem* They also have Sir Urchin (I’m getting one with a purple S. purpuratus), Sir Squid, Sir Jellyfish, Sir Sea Slug, and more. The designer has also mentioned that he’ll be updating with a few new critters every month.