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Place the scallop shells on plates, arrange the sea vegetables on the scallops and spoon over a little rapeseed oil

Steamed scallop with seashore vegetables

Serves 4

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Would you shell out for a snail facial?

A face full of snails might not be your average person's idea of an expensive salon treatment, but that's just what Japan's high society have been shelling out for lately - at a cost of £65 for a five minute session.

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A sort of bestiary of myth, legend and animal analogy, Wilderness uses wildlife traits as jumping-off points for enigmatic tales in typical Handsome Family manner.

Liber Nauticus is 7-2 for the Oaks despite a laboured win at York

Nauticus finds it far from plain sailing in Investec Oaks trial

If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.

Steamed seafood with samphire

Serves 4-6
Queenies with radishes and ponzu

Queenies with radishes and ponzu

Serves 4

A fishmonger weighs a squid at the farmers market in Quezon City, in the Philippines

Chinese fishmonger discovers live bomb inside a squid

Police were surprised it hadn't already detonated

Uncomfortable: Vanderbeke’s darkly comic tale succeeds as an allegory for political tyranny

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Hokkaido University captured images of squid gliding through the air, calculated at speeds of up to 11.2 metres a second

Revealed: the secret that makes flying squid faster than Usain Bolt

The squid can eject water through a nozzle nea  its head as a form of jet propulsion

Donald McCain: Musselburgh has met the trainer’s request for a race to suit Overturn

Musselburgh trials lure star turn

Musselburgh trials day does not quite have the same ring to it as Cheltenham trials day, but racing is nevertheless most grateful to the enterprise shown at the Scottish racecourse and those at other venues responsible for keeping the jumping show properly on the road over the next few days.

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A giant squid takes bait in the deep sea off Chichi island, Japan

Monster of the deep: Giant squid captured on film for the first time

Here it is, the monster of the depths, the sea-creature of nightmares, filmed for the first time in its natural habitat: the giant squid.

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