Blue glowing squid!?

Source:  Pink Tentacle 

Toyama Bay is the habitat of the world-famous glowing firefly squid, which surface in large numbers every spring in a phenomenon that has been designated a special natural monument. Peak firefly squid season means big catches for fishermen and brisk business for sightseeing boats that provide close-up views of the magical action.

Early in the morning, after 3 AM, sightseeing boats depart the Namerikawa fishing port (Namerikawa is also home to the world’s only museum dedicated to the firefly squid) in Toyama prefecture, making a short journey to fixed nets located about 1 to 2 km offshore. As the fishermen haul in their nets, the light emitted by the firefly squid causes the sea surface to glow a cobalt blue, evoking squeals of delight from the tourists.

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7 replies
  1. Ophelia
    Ophelia says:

    すごいね!あちらえいきたいよ!それはうつくしいだよ!(Awesome! I want to go there! They
    are beautiful!)


    たべてできますか?(Can we eat them?) Just kidding

  2. Hitomi
    Hitomi says:

    I used to live in Toyama prefecture and this ほたるいか(firefly squid) is a 名物(めいぶつ)which means: famous product; special product; speciality; specialty in Toyama.
    Beautiful, isn’t it? And yes, you can eat them! I have had this a few times. I like regular squid better, but they are still good. We deep fry them in the hot oil, boil them and eat with this special sauce (vinegar and miso mixture),put them in pasta or eat them as sashimi (raw). (^-^)

  3. Ophelia
    Ophelia says:

    ほんとにそれがたべてできますか?すごい!おいしい!(You can really eat them? Cool!
    Tasty!) I was kidding though. I thought maybe they would be spared because of
    their distinct beauty, and unusual appearance.

    Since it is so beautiful, is it more expensive than regular squid?

    うつくしいとこんです。(They are beautiful and blue.) そのがぞうはサイファイのえいがの
    ように見えします。(That picture looks like a sci-fi movie.)

    I will have to try this the next time I go to Japan.

  4. Hitomi
    Hitomi says:

    Ophelia san,

    I didn’t think they were that expensive…I did some research and well, here are some links:

    I agree with you! ほんと、サイファイのえいがみたいだよねー。( I think the picture looks like a sci-fi movie, too.)

    If you like squid or octopus, there is a good chance that you would like this ほたるいか. (^-^)/

  5. Hitomi
    Hitomi says:

    SaigoNoBan san,

    Saigoさん、シーフードが好きだったら、このほたるいか(firefly squid)も好きになるかもしれないよ。

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