Remember the scene in Finding Nemo when Marlin and Dory stumble across Bruce, Anchor, and Chum? The trio of sharks give the now-famous line, “Fish are friends, not food” and it works for a few minutes (until Dory gets smacked in the face with the diving goggles and her nose starts bleeding, but we digress). Bruce & the boys may have been on to something.
Our oceans are filled with around a million different species, some of which haven’t even been discovered. For thousands of years, humans have enjoyed eating a few of those species. Obviously, some are poisonous and others are just too cute to serve for lunch, but overall, countries around the globe make seafood a part of their culinary culture.
In North America, we typically enjoy lake fish like perch or walleye or ocean catches like flounder or tuna. In parts of the southeast U.S., alligator and shark are a common menu item at restaurants. Up and down the Atlantic coast, lobster and crab are the go-to. The popularity of these types of edible sea creatures are based on geography. What’s common in Florida (gator) may not be as popular as salmon is in Seattle, and vice versa.
For the most part, the most exotic we get across the board is calamari. If you’re not a seafood lover, calamari is squid as a food. It’s often fried and served as an appetizer but it can be boiled too. A 63-year-old in South Korea had it prepared that way and she ended up with a mouthful more than what she bargained for.