The above photo is of “Yunus Et Market“. In English this means: “Dolphin Meat Market”. Unlike most butchers in Turkey, this butcher in Silifke specialises in dolphin meat.
The dolphin meat is a by-product of the tuna trawlers in the Adriatic. The butcher receives the meat at a discount price as it cannot be sold in the EU or EU member countries. With Turkey beginning official membership talks with the EU there is strong pressure for the trade to be made illegal, drastically affecting Yunus Et Market and other dolphin meat distributors.
I’ve never knowingly tasted dolphin meat so I can’t give a first-hand account. People have said the taste is a cross between game and red meat.
Although not official, I’ve heard one of the main uses for dolphin meat is as a filler for lamb and chicken doner stacks. Apparently the meat is very good for holding the doner stacks together and the flavour does not differ enough from either chicken or lamb to be greatly noticeable.
When you next have a doner in southern Turkey you may want to ask the restaurant if it contains dolphin meat.