What’s big and smells of fish?

Technicians in New Zealand have begun to thaw a rare colossal squid specimen.

The operation to defrost the 10-metre (34 feet) long, half-tonne squid began on Monday afternoon in Wellington. The animal is now sitting in a bath of salt water. Once it is thawed, scientists will begin to dissect it.

I know how they feel, how often have I gone to the bottom drawer of the freezer and found some strange specimen that’s only just within its’ use-by’ date?  Is it safe to eat?  Should I try it out on the cat or the kids before eating any myself?

Should I sit it in a bath of salt water?  Should I sit in a bath of salt water?

Here is some advice from the internet regarding frozen sea food:

  • Don’t buy frozen seafood if the packages are open, torn, or crushed on the edges.  Especially if torn from the inside.
  • Don’t trust anything found dead and handled by scientists.
  • Go directly home and refrigerate or freeze your seafood immediately. If your trip is longer than 30 minutes, place your seafood in a cooler with ice or dangle it out of the car window so it catches the breeze.
  • Never turn your back on a deep sea creature that is bigger than about two feet long, even if you believe it to be dead.

I hope those guys have got a fridge large enough for a half-tonne package.

Come to that I hope they’ve got a big enough frying pan.

I recommend cutting the tentacles into rings and frying them in a little oil with some crushed garlic.

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