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Great Job, Internet!: Stock up your winter pantry with Japanese sea lion and bear curry

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is surrounded by cold seawaters and known for producing pristine sea urchins, scallops, and crab, as well as the birthplace of miso ramen. But as the opening line on the Japan Trend Shop website announces: “Those guys up in Hokkaido will eat anything!”

This import Japanese market also offers curried sea lion for $23 a can. Described as “arguably one of Japan’s most unconventional dishes” and a “conversation piece,” this 14.4 oz can features meat from the Steller species of sea lions from the Northern Pacific, whose male species can grow up to 10 feet long. The ad copy describes its taste as “hard to describe… strong and fish-like,” and there’s enough spicy curried sea lion for two servings.

Perhaps sea lion is a bit extreme for your culinary sensibilities. How about spotted seal curry from Sapporo, even more …

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