Interesting. She’s having baby squid in her mouth… and I’m having lunch again in mine as I read this! I really hope that this is an urban legend, because if it is true, I’m never eating calamari again. There are no pictures of the event, so I’m still holding out hope. With that said, squid are resilient little buggers and have managed to survive as a species for millions of years. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of their tricks was t knock up the mouths of their predators.
Here’s the excerpt from the original story:
A 63-year-old woman became ‘pregnant’ with 12 baby squid after eating calamari, according to a claim in a bio-tech report. The real-life ‘octo-mum’, from South Korea, was eating a portion of cooked whole squid when she felt a sharp pain in her mouth. The bizarre claim has been made in a scientific paper from the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland. The lady told doctors that she could feel something in her mouth which they described as ‘bug-like organisms’.
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. 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 Center’s paper says: ‘She did not swallow the portion, but spat it out immediately.