Dancing Squid Dish Freaks Out Diners (VIDEO)

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dancing squidThe Dancing Squid video that's been making its way around the Internet and freaking out diners everywhere is kind of cool the first time you watch it: The person behind the camera pours soy sauce onto a freshly killed squid resting on a bed of rice and it "dances" -- almost right off the plate!

But the more you watch it, the more disturbing it gets. If the squid is, in fact, DEAD, then why are its tentacles moving?

The creators of the video insist that because its head was removed immediately prior to the meal, the squid is dead. Movement still happens, however, because of a simple chemical reaction: The extra sodium (or salt) in the soy sauce activates the cells in the tentacles, causing them to contract, relax, and, in effect, "twitch."

But some viewers don't find this justification so comforting. In fact, many commenters point out that if you refer to a diagram of the body of a squid, you will see that one in the video still has its brain, eyes, and internal sensory organs; therefore, it's not dead, but simply damaged. And if that's true -- that the squid is still alive -- then pouring salty, acidic soy sauce on the wound could potentially be very painful and very cruel. Suddenly, the video doesn't seem so cool anymore.

Dead or not, making a squid dance on a bed of rice is treating it more like a freaky novelty toy than the excellent dish that it is. And that's no way to respect and value your food.

Do you think this dancing squid video is mean, cool, freaky, or all of the above?

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cocob... cocobeannns

I think this is so disturbing, cruel and sick. There aren't enough food options, that one has to do this to a squid to get a rise out of it's customers? I don't get it. When did cruelty become entertainment?

Cass0407 Cass0407

Why is that cruel exactly? The squid is in fact dead. There is another video that shows just the tentacles doing the same things when soy sauce is poured on them.

Dontribi Dontribi

cruel or not its some good eatin'

johns... johnsmohawkgirl

Medically speaking, it makes perfect sense.  Sodium is exactly what causes muscle movement. 

miche... micheledo

I had a hard enough time eating fried fish with the head still on - I just cannot imagine eating something THAT freshly killed and still moving (even if it is dead).

lmcc724 lmcc724

whether we enjoy squid or not, the principal is it's an animal that hurts just as we do and we should not cause it any more pain then necessary.

KyMom24 KyMom24

That would freak the hell out of me!!

nonmember avatar Amanda

I'm a meat eater, but I don't want to see something moving on my plate before I eat it. Disgusting.

Peajewel Peajewel

I can't even bring myself to watch it.  To yuck for me.  I don't eat seafood of any kind.

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