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Climate change creates mutant fugu, Japan’s beloved poisonous fish

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By ITN News Editor December 11, 2018 12:29

Climate change creates mutant fugu, Japan’s beloved poisonous fish

At a pre-dawn auction in a port city in southwestern Japan, buyers step towards an auctioneer, whose arm is covered to the elbow by a black nylon bag, and grip the man’s hand one by one to make their bids by tapping him in the case so that only he knows their price.

Its furtive bidding a relic of a time when fish traders wore kimonos whose sleeves obscured their hands as they secretly signaled their bids, is part of the strange, insular world of Japanese pufferfish, or fugu, a fish best known for its ability to kill a person in as little as 20 minutes. Although deaths are extremely rare, the whiff of danger associated with the fish’s poison is a significant element of the delicacy’s enduring allure in Japanese culture.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 11, 2018 12:29

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