06/08/2012 08:04 BST | Updated 06/08/2012 13:03 BST

Live Lobster Writhes On A Dinner Plate: Controversial Ikizukuri Is Freshest Food Available (VIDEO)

Writhing, twitching, flexing and wriggling this lobster looks like he's having one hell of a bad day. And things are about to get much worse - for his prison is a dinner plate, and he's about to be served up to a table of hungry Americans.

Known as ikizukuri - which roughly translates as "prepared alive" - this controversial Japanese delicacy has divided food critics as to whether it is an important custom or just plain cruel.


The live creatures are usually selected by customers from a sea-water tank, before being served up on a plate.

Fish is most commonly used in the practice, with octopus, shrimp and of course lobster, also being popular.

Bon appétit.

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