Tastes like: swordfish, but even drier and tougher.
Often found stuck gruesomely in the propellers of boats, or snared as bycatch in fishermen’s nets. In Japan and Taiwan, they’re sometimes eaten as sashimi or in a spicy basil stir-fry.
6. Mantis Shrimp
Tastes like: a crawfish’s creepy cousin.
Never mind that mantis shrimps have the most sophisticated eyes in the animal kingdom, or claws that can crack some aquarium walls. They taste great sautéed in a bed of garlic and peppers.
10. Sea Cucumber
Tastes like: a tenderized and marinated rubber tire.
Soaring demand for it in China has sparked gang wars in Mexico and illegal overharvesting in Alaska.
15. Horseshoe Crab
Tastes like: plastic (apparently).
According to this report, the roe is a delicacy in Thailand and Malaysia and sometimes added as an ingredient to spicy som tam salads. Otherwise, there’s not much flesh to eat.
Tastes: very chewy.
Only eaten in Korea, and often found waggling in the frayed corpses of whales and sharks on the ocean floor. When threatened, a single hagfish can release enzymes and turn a barrel of water into pure slime. When grilled, it reportedly tastes mild and chewy.
And a (surprisingly catchy) song to sum it all up
(Seriously, though, red frog crab is the best.)
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