Japan crab fetches record $46000 at auction

Snow crab sells for record-breaking $46,000 in Japan

Snow crab sells for record-breaking $46,000 in Japan

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

Considered a delicacy in Japan, snow crabs can be found in the waters off the Tottori prefecture on the island of Honshu, which is situated between Hiroshima and Osaka.

A Japanese bidder may be feeling the pinch after forking out Dollars 46,000 at auction for a snow crab a price that "probably set a new world record", local officials said Thursday.

The coveted crustacean was a male, weighing 1.2 kg (2.7 pounds) and measuring 14.6 cm (5.74 inches) wide.

Tetsuji Hamashita, president of fish wholesaler Hanashita Shoten, took home the record-breaking prize, with plans to send it to a few of Tokyo's finest restaurants.

"I know it's extreme". "I believe it is a good crab filled with meat". "But I am sure the taste of the crab matches the price". 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.

Hamashita said he thought he could get away with a winning bid of $3 million yen (about $36,300).

The swimmer was caught shortly after the fishing season officially opened at midnight on Tuesday and was snapped up during the year's first auction at Tottori port.

Local government official Shota Inamono said the price exceeded last year's record of 2 million yen, which was registered at the time in the Guinness World Records for the most expensive crab.

"We came to this year's first auction hoping that we would bid the world's highest price again", a representative for the company told Kyodo News.

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