An interesting story from Nunavut Territory, in the Canadian Arctic: it seems that the official tasked by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with keeping an eye on the Canadians has, in the best tradition of British colonials, gone ever so slightly native. Governor General Michaelle Jean, in what pretty clearly seems to be an “up yours” to the EU, which is set to ban the import of all seal products, cut open a seal carcass with an ulu knife and proceeded to sample the raw heart of the animal.
“It’s like sushi,” she said, according to the Canadian Press news agency. “And it’s very rich in protein.”
As she wiped the blood from her mouth and fingers, she said she had done it in solidarity with the Inuit, including those in the community she was visiting, at Rankin Inlet, which is home to 2,300 people. They claim their way of life is threatened by the EU ban on seal products.
(From the Guardian)
I’ve only eaten the heart of one animal, a yellowfin tuna. It was raw and still warm (the tuna maintains its body temperature above the ambient environment, setting it apart from the vast majority of fishes). It tasted somewhere in between sushi and steak tartare, and pretty unmistakably like an organ that pumps blood all the time.