Woman Eats Squid - What Happened Next Is Everyone's Worst Nightmare

Here’s something you don’t hear every day. A woman from South Korea got an unexpected surprise while chowing down on some calamari. She felt a sharp pain in her mouth, but her problems were just beginning. The woman, 63, wound up seeking medical attention, and she explained to doctors that she felt something unusual in her mouth. As the Daily Mail shares, unusual doesn’t begin to describe what the doctors found.

Turns out that the woman’s mouth was pregnant. With baby squid. Yes, seriously. Doctors would find what are described as 'bug-like organisms’ inside of the woman’s mouth, and that led them to examine them even closer. Sure enough, they were baby squid. So how could this possibly happen? Well, let’s just say it’s an interesting story that the woman will be able to regale cocktail party guests with from here to eternity.

“When examined, the doctors found 'baby cephalopods' attached to her mouth. These are small pods, covered in a cement-like material to make them stick. Inside the pods is an 'ejaculatory apparatus' and sperm - with the apparatus expelling the sperm quite forcefully,” the Mail reports. “After the victim of the 'attack' was hospitalised, doctors removed the baby cephalopods from her gums, tongue and cheek. It was only then that the pods were formally identified as 'squid spermatophores.”

The National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland has released a scientific paper on the bizarre case, and you can bet this story will be swimming through the medical community for some time.

“She did not swallow the portion, but spat it out immediately. She complained of a pricking and foreign-body sensation in the oral cavity. Twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms stuck in the mucous membrane of the tongue, cheek, and gingiva [gums] were completely removed, along with the affected mucosa,” the paper reads in part. “On the basis of their morphology and the presence of the sperm bag, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores.”

If you’re a big fan of eating calamari, fear not - unless you live in the Far East, that is.

“Incidents involving the impregnation of human mouths appear to be confined to the Far East where, generally, more raw fish is eaten. When squid is prepared in the west, internal organs are removed meaning there is no risk of eating spermatophores,” the Mail adds. “Danna Staaf, a squid enthusiast from Science 2.0, said: 'The skin on your hands, and most of the rest of your body, is much too thick to get stuck. I've probably had hundreds of spermatophores ejaculate on my fingers and never felt a sting.”

The Biological Bulletin offered up some additional details on this unique case.

“Spermatophores are either transferred to the female by the male's hectocotylus, a specialised arm, or by a long penis, which is present in species that lack hectocotyli. After being discharged from the spermatophore in the spermatophoric reaction, the sperm mass is encased in a thin covering, with the cement body at one end,” the Bulletin notes. “This discharged structure, the spermatangium, may attach to the skin of the female or be deeply embedded in her skin or muscle.”

Source: International Business Times, Daily Mail
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