From what I understand other than the Japanese love of raw fish, the meat contains traces of the poison giving the tongue a nice tingle. When I was but a lad we would catch blowfish in the Chesapeake. Other than the fact that they were really cute in a bizarre sort of way, we would dredge the tails where the meat was and fry them. Sort of like drummettes. After having that :lips: raw doesn't thrill me as much.
What really surprised me the most about the video was how much work it took to take the head off of that small fish. That must be a toughly structured fish not to mention the delicacy and accuracy required of fugu butchering.
Then there are the ethical questions of preparing a creature that is still living. I believe this is called "vivisection". My faith would consider this cruelty to a living thing. I saw a similar demonstration with eel (pike eel maybe) on Iron Chef Japan some years ago. In fact, it was the first battle I ever saw on that show. It took me a while to be convinced that wasn't the usual type of thing I'd see there, though.
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There's something wrong with this board censoring links for newcomers... I don't even have links on my post. Let me try again in reply to Dirk:
Please do extensive research.. it's your life. I wouldn't mind dying while skydiving because of parachute failures, but dying in a restaurant intentionally eating poisonous fish? That would be ridiculous and I wouldn't want people to remember my death like that.