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The Rhyme of the Ancient Manatee Hunter

Posted in STRANGE MEAT, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , on April 16, 2009 by chomposaurus

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As part of our dream of operating a sustainable organic manatee farm on Isla Mujeres, my friend P. Sundae and I are always doing research on the web about manatee meat facts and figures. P. asked me how much meat a typical manatee yields, and since I am his knowledge broker when it comes to aquatic mammals, I found an article with the answer – and so much more. Click here for the full tale – it’s like The Old Man and the Sea but really one-sided.

Hunting for manatees in the 1960’s was an adventure. It was a special expedition to get meat for the family and for the village. You were almost a hero when you announced that you had caught a manatee and had processed over 500 pounds of meat for the village.

Preparations began two days in advance after you announced it so that the villagers knew that there would be a fresh supply of meat for the table. Trust me, in a fishing village where one ate fish three times a day, a change to meat was like Christmas. Manatee meat sold, as far as I can remember, for ten cents a pound fresh or salted. Most families purchased ten or fifteen pounds and preserved it with salt so that it could last for a few days. To go hunting one needed a fairly large boat with an outboard motor as some chasing had to be done after the manatee was spotted. Then you needed a harpoon with a fairly long and strong rope. You also needed a fairly large and heavy wooden club. Yes, a large sharp knife was necessary to rip open the half inch thick skin of the animal and then to fillet and process the meat.

100% Bacon Burger

Posted in Burgers, MEAT POLITICS, Pork, Seafood, STUFF ABOUT MEAT, World of Meat with tags , , , , on June 4, 2008 by chomposaurus


They should give out a MacArthur Genius Grant for meat. I think people like Kirk who make a burger out of 100% ground bacon deserve some sort of financial support to continue to do their work; who knows how our lives would be bettered? Maybe Jessica Simpson’s crazy dream of chicken wings made from grass-fed organic buffalo would finally come true; maybe we could even save the manatee and solve world hunger through off-shore manatee farming. Someday soon, you’ll find the Chomposaurus Foundation for Better Meat at chomposaurus.org; until that day, enjoy the pictures of this unbelievable creation, and don’t be afraid to dream.

Oh The Huge Manatee!!

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on April 30, 2008 by chomposaurus


My friend P. Sundae discusses his latest meat-related marketing venture. The NYTimes article he mentions is worth looking at for those interested in eating endangered animals.

P. Sundae: the real reason for my trip to mexico is to lay the groundwork for my manatee farming operation

P. Sundae: my business is based on this idea:
To Save a Species, Serve It for Dinner

P. Sundae: i will make the manatee a part of our culinary tradition
put *that* on my tombstone

As well as leaving an offering of fried & cubed squirrel meat at your grave, buddy.