71 posts tagged Fish
71 posts tagged Fish
Dark Roasted Blend recently assembled an impressive collection of Extremely Weird Bus Stops & Shelters. Our favourites include the fabulous disco bus stop, kawaii fruit and fish-shaped bus stops (that are, of course, located in Japan), a hungry bunny bus shelter (caught in the act of devouring two ladies oblivious to their peril, and the ferocious great white shark bench in Bangkok, Thailand (previously featured here).
Visit Dark Roasted Blend to view many more strange and wonderful bust stops.
French artist Edouard Martinet (previously featured here) has created a new series of astonishing assemblage animals, which will be on exhibit at Sladmore Contemporary in London from November 27th to January 31, 2014. Edouard thoughtfully uses all sorts of scrap materials to create these marvelous animals and assembles them without soldering or welding the parts together.
Each time we look at one of his incredibly intricate pieces, it’s as though we’re seeing his work for the very first time. Christopher Jobson of Colossal put it perfectly:
"When looking at these perfectly assembled sculptures by French artist Edouard Martinet (previously) it’s difficult to believe the raw materials he used ever existed in another form. Yet every head, thorax, leg, wing, and eye from these assorted creatures was once part of a car, bicycle, typewriter, or other found object. Reading through his material lists it becomes clear how completely thorough and judicious Martinet is in selecting the perfect objects to realize his vision, truly a master of his craft.”
Visit Edouard Martinet’s website to view more of his awesome scrap metal creatures.
Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich takes dazzling photos of Siamese fighting fish, also known as betta fish, and goldfish. His intensely detailed portraits bely the aggressive temperament of the bettas and instead highlight their beautiful bodies and graceful movement.
Head over to Visarute’s 500px gallery to view more of his awesome underwater portraits.
Beginning with the city of Lyon’s 2007 Festival of Lights, French artist Benedetto Bufalino and lighting and designer Benoit Deseille have been collaborating on playful installations for which phone booths, an increasingly uncommon sight in the urban landscape, are beautifully repurposed as Phone Booth Aquariums complete with live fish swimming within.
The duo’s next Phone Booth Aquarium will be installed at the upcoming Lumiere Festival in Durham, UK from November 14th to November 17th, 2013.
Visit designboom to view more images and a video of Benoit and Benedetto’s awesome Phone Booth Aquariums.
(This actually isn’t the first time we’ve seen phone booths transformed into aquariums. Click here to see the first.)
Tunafish may come in small cans, but the fish themselves are quite large. These tuna eyeballs help convey that fact. If you ever go shopping at a Japanese grocery store, you might encounter packages containing great big eyes staring right back at you.
"I was at the grocery store and I got the urge to eat something new. I looked around and I didn’t really see much until I found a food that could look back. It was only a hundred yen, which is less than a buck, so I figured I’d give it a whirl. It had a sticker on it that said that it should be cooked, but I didn’t really know how to cook it. I tried to find stuff online, but there aren’t a lot of English webpages devoted to eating fish eyes, so I just decided to boil it.
I didn’t use any flavoring so it just ended up smelling horribly fishy. There was a translucent, jelly-like ball inside that turned into a hard, white ball. It tasted a little like a hard-boiled egg does, so I’m guessing that it was mostly protein. It actually didn’t taste too bad.”
Visit Flee Alaska for more photos and Jesse’s complete description of his peculiar piscine feast.
"Come on, pal. Fugu me!"
Fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it. These cute and spiny fish can be lethally poisonous due to the tetrodotoxin in its internal organs, so it must be carefully prepared to remove the toxic parts and do so without contaminating the meat.
"The restaurant preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan and several other countries, and only chefs who have qualified through rigorous training are allowed to deal with the fish. Domestic preparation occasionally leads to accidental death."
Homer Simpson had a close-call when he tried Fugu on the “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" episode of The Simpsons. Travel blogger A Modern Girl wrote about the first time she tried this potentially deadly delicacy. Here’s an excerpt from her account:
"People say that fugu is rather tasteless, but I actually disagree—I thought that the sashimi had a very delicate but distinct flavor. Instead of being overtly fishy, it was quite subtle. I thought it was quite nice, actually. They also say that you can sometimes feel your mouth tingling as a result of slight traces of poison, but we didn’t experience any of that. Instead, it was just a nice sashimi experience."
Of course, if you’d rather not take the risk, you can always try some of our delicious Fugu Mints instead.
Any animal that resembles a muppet is automatically awesome in our books. The unusually plush and clam-like fish in this video, shot at a Japanese aquarium, is called a Starry Handfish or Red Batfish. It looks like something dreamt up by The Jim Henson Company, but it’s a very real fish found on the continental shelves of the Indo-Pacific oceans at depths of between 50 and 400 m. They grow up to 30 cm (11.8 in) long and would probably make fast friends with Animal.
Here’s an awesome sight that few people have ever seen: a real-life Oarfish - known to measure up to 56 feet, it’s the longest species of bony fish in existence.
"Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) are extremely elusive. There may only be one video of this creature in its natural habitat that’s ever been recorded — a natural habitat that’s typically found at depths of 3,000 feet.”
This deceased, but remarkably intact 18-foot-long specimen was found by marine science instructor Jasmine Santana, of the Catalina Island Marine Institute, while she was snorkeling in Toyon Bay last week. The oarfish carcass was so large that it took Jasmine and 20 of her fellow instructors to drag the fish ashore.
The Catalina Island Marine Institute is a marine biology educational program for youths. This awesome fish is going to be preserved for educational display.
Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Marine Institute.
Here at the Geyser of Awesome we’re charmed by tiny things and things made of food, so we were over the moon to see these completely kawaii food sculptures. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find a tiny carrot squirrel or Jawa on their plate?
These adorable food sculptures are the work of Japanese sushi chef Oki of Oki’s Sushi Bistro in Osaka, Japan. Chef Oki used his impressive carving skills along with carrots, sweet potato, daikon, and cucumber to create these edible wonders.
[via My Sushi World]