This is one of those times when saying “Holy mackerel!” would be considered more than acceptable. This is also another fine example of the fact that everything looks better in slow motion.
We’ve covered the tongue eating fish parasite (Cymothoa Exigua) before and it’s safe to say we all agree it’s pretty gross looking. But how would you feel if you found this parasite it in your dinner. Hope this post (and many more like it) doesn’t ruin your breakfast.
Louwell Ogbinar of Calgary, Alberta sent me these photos of a Cymothoa Exigua parasite he and his wife found in a frozen mackerel they purchased from their local grocery store. The mackerel was labelled as a product of India and distributed by a local company here in Canada. Obviously concerned by the presence of parasites in their food Louwell contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) to see if this was considered a product defect covered under food standards.
“The parasite, Cymothoa exigua, is not included in Chapter 3, Standard 3 General Fresh & Frozen Finfish Product Standard.
The parasites included in the Standard are nematods (roundworms) and copepods (small crustaceans). Copepods fall under the Class: Maxillopoda Cymothoa exigua is a parasitic crustacean which falls under the Class: Malacostraca. Cymothoa exigua parasites are not a health and safety issue, only an esthetic concern.” – CIFA
So the parasite is not considered a health and safety issue by the CIFA, but a quality assurance issue for the original company. Either way it’s still not something I hope to find in my food and I’m sure Louwell feels the same.
Louwell, thanks for sending us these photos and the health and safety information! Everyone else continue reading for more photos.
Much as the title suggests, literally millions of dead fish including anchovies, sardines, and mackerel were found floating on the surface of King Harbor Marina. Authorities are investigating the causes, but so far signs point to “oxygen depletion” and have stated that no oil slicks or contaminants have been found.
City Manager Bill Workman said city officials with the help of marine experts would help determine if there was any environmental issue involved. Tests are now being performed on the water as officials begin removing the dead fish, which city officials estimated to be in the millions.
“There are no visible signs of any toxins that might have caused [the die-off] and our early assessment is that this was oxygen depletion,” Workman said. “This is similar to what we experienced five years ago but that was distinctly a red tide event but there’s no discoloration of the water, no associated foaming in the waves, Workman said. “There are no oil slicks or leaking of substances into the water.”
via LA Times Blog
* UPDATE: A toxin may have contributed to why the fish congregated in the same marina, but the cause of death is still pointing at oxygen depravation.
via Yahoo! news
Thanks to member ST on the forums for linking us to the original story.