Beef is becoming a symbol of extravagance, as it takes 20 pounds of corn to make one pound of steak. Is there a possible replacement? What about the whale shark?
I've always been fascinated with this shark, or fish, not a whale, nor mammal. I've been to the Osaka Aquarium (below) several times:
Four are in the Georgia Aquarium:
red tilapia (right) made sense. While this pathway should also be explored, that is for another day, as today I wish to suggest something creatively outrageous.
300 pups can be born (probably a foot or two at birth) so, when you compare this productivity with cattle, where the average is just about one/female/year, you can imagine the potential of this fish, if it tastes good and there is public acceptance (there is this mentality today that we should only conserve, not consume, large fish). Anyway, while this sounds morbid, the objective would be to harvest at the age of one, but this is no more aberrant than veal or lamb. This particular pup in the Philippines (Donsol) was kept on a leash and placed for sale:
However, the local government rescued and released it, for the whale shark is now a major tourist attraction for this region. 95% of visitors actually get to interact with whale sharks.
This largest of fish can grow to sizes longer than 40 feet (witnesses have supposedly seen huge ones up to 70 feet) and live up to 150 years. This behemoth caught off Taiwan in 1994 weighed 79,000 pounds:
No human has ever been swallowed by a whale shark, mostly because its esophagus is only 3 inches in diameter. This photo was credited to have been taken off Kona, Big Island of Hawaii:
Someday, perhaps, the Blue Revolution Restaurant will feature whale shark steaks, for they should be low in mercury, high in omega-3 fatty acids, of relative low cost and an exemplar of sustainable protein. Look for this special on the Pacific International Ocean Station.