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Abundant and Delicious

link: http://www.atse.org.au/index.php?sectionid=329

We can get an idea of the abundance of squid in the world's ocean by considering the consumption of cephalopods (mainly squid) from just one cephalopod predator the sperm whale. Sperm whales alone are estimated to consume in excess of 100 million tonnes of cephalopods a year. This is equivalent to the total world fishery catch and probably exceeds half the total biomass of mankind on the earth (Clarke 1983). It is therefore highly likely that the standing biomass of squids within the world's oceans probably exceeds the total weight of humankind on the earth.


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Dec. 19th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
More Calamari for me.
Dec. 19th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
Now that's good eating.
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
I like squid, too.
Problem is, its an acquired taste the greedy food companies wouldn't support until it became a demand.

Before mass foreign ranching became practical, we used to have wonderful "Filler" food technology, where you could get cheap burgers that were partly meat but had lots of additional stuff. Contrary to popular jokes, it was mostly good vegetable products, not kangaroos and shark meat.

The best thing the monopolistic industries could do is to remove 100% beef patties from the menu, at least in fast food restaraunts. If you want a 100% beef burger you either cook it at home or go to a more expensive restaraunt. That would cut america's consumption of beef down by possibly 70% and would make the veggified fast food burgers so cheap we could have 50 Cent burgers again. Furthermore, this would make the supply much more controllable, so the cows could all be in a heavily regulated home market as opposed to drinking cyanide leech water near a gold mine in what used to be a rainforest while eating their dead madcow infected fellow cows.

There would be some people who'd HAVE to have 100% beef burgers. But do you know what they'd do? They'd take TIME to be able to go home and make it themselves, arrainging things so they take time to properly eat, not run as fast as possible to swallow a greasy burger riding an elevator back to work.

Squid, while it is excellent, probably won't be introduced into our mainstream marketplace anytime soon. You can always buy it to cook yourself, but its hard to find even a restaraunt with "Calimari Rings".

If the food companies tried to push squid on the american people, it would take a decade or so of losses to maybe get a toe hold. (they could also try crickets, grasshoppers, ants, etc.) On the other hand, they could force back the 'filler burger' and immediately make money and for once be less of a blight on the earth.
Dec. 19th, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I like squid, too.
Joe six pack may not bite, but I've been eating octopus and squid in resturants in the US for over a decade.
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Dec. 19th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
big brained one-foots
Yes. I saw that too. I went looking for info on cephalopods after I set the DVR to record that show. I know that cephalopods have a very complex internal life. When I worked on a fishing boat in the Berring Sea, we would sometimes bring up the occasional octopus. Those criters would make for the side of the boat with a vengence, but I wanted to eat them, so I'd go after them and keep them from getting away. When I'd go to pick them up, they'd plant themselves flat against the deck and affix every sucker to keep from being picked up. When I got them up, they'd turn to jelly and try to slip out of my grasp. No matter where I put them for safe keeping, they instantly re-oriented themselves and made for the water. They definitely gave me the impression that I was competing with an active intelligence, unlike fish, which just flopped, furiously but aimlessly.

Even so, regardless of whether or not I eat them, they remain food.
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: big brained one-foots
Up earlier I was talking about squid, not including ALL similar creatures. Squid, IMHO, are like sharks, semi-intelligent but far more plentiful & replenishable as a food source. They are little more than opportunistic predators that really don't care anything is trying to eat them, because they'll eat anything they dare take on.

Now, the ones that manage to grow big enough to concievably tackle sperm whales, those probably ARE more intelligent. Still, its a food based predator intelligence. They frequently used to mistake ships for whales, much to the horror of large fishing boats. And, little doubt, they are the cause for the loss of many small wooden fishing boats, blamed on sharks even when the boats are found crushed or with their bottoms torn out. Attacks by Kraken on large vessels rarely happen now, resulting in them being considered 'legendary' even after there have been specimins and larger tentacles found. IMHO, there are probably a few dozen supergiant squid at most and attacking large ships accidently was one more lesson they learned the hard way, but survived.

On the other hand, I'm against eating Octopi and even Cuttlefish. Both those creatures, especially the former, show an intelligence closer to our own. Friendship, they like touching, inquisitive, problem solving. They also communicate with their camaflouge skins, both to fellows and to attempt to communicate with other species. Octopi also take care to guard their eggs, the female sacrificing herself so the young get a head start. Because of this, they produce less often. Moreso with Cuttlefish, though the female survives. This is opposed to squid who just let it fly so that a fraction of them might reach a size large enough to be visible to the naked eye.

Cuttlefish are my favorite, one day I might have some in an aquarium, but only when I can set up a big space for them.

I'd eat either so survive, but otherwise Squids the only one I'm for eating.
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