13 March 2006

Furry Lobster - Kiwa Hirsuta

It was plastered all over the news (like South China Morning Post, CNN, Sydney Morning Herald, not sure about $traits Time$ though) about the discovery of a new crustacean species which resembled that of a furry lobster.

The creature was reported, by Associated Press, discovered off Easter Island at a depth of 2300m last year.

It was further added that the creature was blind, which is hardly surprising since at that depth of water, it is total darkness given that light is unable to penetrate that deep.

Hence the Hokkien phrase, "Kuar simi kuar?"

I mean we can only see if there is light. Hence, eyes are kind of redundant in a pitch dark environment. And also since lobster do not have ears, then

龙虾 = 聋瞎?

While the entire science community are excited over the new discovery, I found myself deeply ashamed for I too was excited about the new find but for the wrong reason.

The very first question that popped into my head was...

"Can eat one or not har?"



p.s. Click picture to enlarge photo.

- Voxeros

1. kim left...
Sunday, 12 March 2006 8:22 pm
no wonder animals go extinct. all cos of people like you who is only interested in whether can eat anot. hahaha..

2. winter left...
Sunday, 12 March 2006 9:37 pm
i nearly peng when u write can eat anot siah

3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:23 am :: 
kIm: People hungry mah... I ever caught a yellow mantis shrimp off Pulau Ubin and contemplated for a full hour whether the critter is edible or not. The rule of thumb was that the more colourful the marine animal, the more likely it is toxic.
Aiyah... in the end I still ate it. Heng ah. Never die.

winter: Bor bian. I like seafood mah...

4. zeenie left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:42 am
Actually, i had the exact same thoughts! LOL

5. hitomi left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:44 am
Maybe they should call it "orang utan lobster"? Got "orang utan crab" mah.
You typical chinese, anything that moves also wanna eat.

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:48 am :: 
zeenie: Then again hor, looking at the shape of the critter, like not much meat leh... :(

hitomi: Yah hor, the arms really resemble that of an orang utan. But colour a bit too white-ish leh... maybe will turn "orang utan orange" when it is cooked!

7. akk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:54 am
wah lau.....will they have to shave the crab before cooking it? might choke on the hairs...

8. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 10:00 am ::
akk: No need lah. We eat the inside of the critter and not outside mah. Remember hairy crab?
By the way, it's a lobster. Not crab.

9. kim left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 10:27 am
Wah piang. Why you ate it? Sekali got poison how? If I were you, I would have admired it, taken a few narcissistic pictures with it, then throw it back le. You v tam jiak leh! Hahahaha..

10. hitomi left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 5:23 pm
wah, someone won the Singapore Blog Awards leh... Congrats!

11. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 6:34 pm ::
kIm: That time no digital camera yet, let alone blog mah.
Besides, we were catching our meals. We spent the weekend on the pontoon and made it a point not to bring any food. We will eat what we can catch.
We laid the nets in the afternoon and return to haul the net up the next morning. We got flower crabs, some edible fishes (we threw the non-edible ones back into the sea) and this yellow mantis shrimp.
The deal was that if we don't catch anything, we starve. Chee kek right?

12. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:41 pm ::
hitomi: Acherly hor, I really dunno what's happening with that. But hor, if people give you, take lor! More on that in my Wednesdays' entry. :)

13. aloe left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 10:28 am
har??!! Never bring any food?? Eat what you catch?? you all are brave..... -_-"'

14. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 12:21 pm :: 
Anna: That was the whole idea of the "game". Like that more kancheong mah. Or else the slackers in the group will just sit there waiting to be fed.

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