Snow crab auctioned for record $46,000 in Japan

Marco Green
November 9, 2019

Seafood lovers have been known to clamor for crab - and all-out mob scenes have erupted over clusters.

A snow crab caught in Japan was auctioned for a record $46,000, the prefecture's fisheries association announced.

A "five shining star" snow crab was auctioned off in Tottori, Japan for a whopping 5 million yen ($46,000) on November 7.

"I was surprised it went for such a high price", local government official Shota Inamono told AFP of the crab that weighed in at 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) and measured 14.6 cm (5.7 inches) across.

This week's winning bidder was Tetsuji Hamashita, president of fishery wholesaler Hanashita Shoten. "But it's the custom", Hamashita said in an interview with CNN. In Japan, bidders routinely part with astronomic sums to secure a seasonal first and the food is treated like a trophy, rather than fodder for your bento box. "But I am sure the taste of the crab matches the price".

The snow crab auctions are reminiscent of auctions held each year for bluefin tuna that command a price of millions of dollars.

Hamashita admitted he thought he'd get away with closer to 3 million yen.

This itsukiboshi smashed the record price-eclipsing it by roughly $27,000-making it the world's most expensive crab and the new undisputed King Crab.

Snow crab, or zuwaigani in Japanese, is harvested during winter months, near Tottori as well as the waters between Osaka and Hiroshima, where it is considered a delicacy.

The bid smashes the previous Guinness world record holding snow crab sale of 2 million yen ($18,000), which was set past year - also in Tottori.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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