In what has been referred to across social media as Tuna-Gate, a woman in Nottingham discovered something very strange in a store-bought can of tuna earlier this week, which appeared to be the severed head of some sort of creature. Now, the analysis is in, and the results are absolutely horrifying.
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For those who missed the story, 28-year-old Zoe Butler was shocked when she opened up the can of ‘tuna chunks,’ as a pair of eyes were staring right back at her. She described the bizarre addition to the meal as having a spiny tail along the bottom, and looking like a small ‘gut sack.’
After contacting the tuna company with an image of her revolting find, the company assured the woman that what she found inside the can was merely a small crab, though the experts at the Natural History Museum aren’t convinced that it’s as harmless as that.
"From what I can see I would support the head of a Tongue-eating louse, Cymothoa exigua, or similar,” said Stuart Hine, the museum’s Identification and Advisory Service manager. “I think these are associates of smaller fish than tuna and fish that tuna eat. We could undoubtedly say more if presented with the specimen. "
What is a tongue-eating louse, you ask? Well, it’s a small parasite that lives inside a fish, entering through its gills and attaching itself to its host’s tongue. As if that weren’t gross enough, the parasite essentially eats away the fish’s tongue, and then becomes its new tongue.
"I didn’t set out to get compensation and I don’t want a lifetime’s supply of tuna!” said the woman, who will likely never eat fish EVER AGAIN.
Be careful what you’re eating, friends. Be very careful.