The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a hilarious article about an apparently longstanding tradition in the life sciences: eating the creatures you study after you are done studying them. In fact, it’s so hilarious that if the date were 4/1 instead of 10/31, I would suspect it was a hoax. As it is, I guess all the eye-of-newt munching makes for a pretty good Halloween angle.
The Chronicle talked to biologists and others who acknowledged eating giant sea squid, puffins, colobus monkey, a stew from the neck of an extinct steppe bison that had been frozen for 36,000 years, python, and huhu, which is “what New Zealand’s Maori people call the prized larvae of a large, wood-boring beetle.” A biologist says they are:
index-finger size, soft-bodied, and juicy with a creamy veal taste. They are fine raw but better sauteed and lightly salted, with a nice dry sherry.