It seems I’m on a tooth, fang and claw roll here. I wanted to share something we’re seeing quite a lot at this time of year, as the seppie enter the waters for their annual spawning event.
You might know seppie as cuttlefish. They are often on the menu in Venice, including in a risotto dish (risotto nero, or black risotto), which utilises the black ink of the ink sac.
At this time of year, as you walk along a fondamenta (walkway beside a canal), you may see evidence that a seppia has lost its fight for life. This photo shows what happens when a seagull triumphantly plucks a poor seppia from the water, and dispatches it on the stones of the fondamenta. The black splotch is the ink from the sac, which was released as the seagull got stuck into the seppia feast.
There are also lots of anglers lining many of the fondamente, hoping to catch some of these delicacies to bear home in triumph.