In a rather bizarre video that is making rounds on social media, a fried fish proved that it still isn’t ready to be consumed, yet! Yes! In the video that is going viral, a deep fried fish suddenly comes to life. According to a report in The Khaleej Times, diners at a restaurant in Hengyang, Hunan Province in southern China, were taken aback when the fish served to them suddenly began twitching. It was seen moving as three other fried fish lay next to it.
The video was uploaded to Chinese social media site Weibo which shows a plate full of fried fish placed on a table and seconds later one of the seemingly ‘dead’ fish begins to flail and its flesh grotesquely started cracking open. Soon a woman can be heard screaming, “Oh no, no, no! It’s cracking!” The incident created panic among other diners present at the restaurant. Many Weibo users said it was “too cruel” to fry a fish while it was still alive.
Many people have raised concerns about animal abuse with some saying the fish is suffering as it is not dead. However, IFLScience was quoted saying by the Khaleej Times that the fish is quite dead and such events are quite common. “Although the brain and heart are not functioning, there are cells that can still respond to stimuli. Immediately after death, motor neurons maintain some membrane potential, or difference in ion charge, which then starts a domino effect down neural pathways causing movement,” IFLScience said. However, the general consensus on social media was the fish was not cooked fully enough for consumption.
There have incidents like this in recent times where diners have been shocked to find uncooked seafood especially fish served to them. In 2015, diners were left shocked when their raw fish jumped off the plate just as they began to eat their meal of fresh sashimi. In the clip, the fish was seen lying on the plate before its fin began to shake. The fish’s body then leaps from the plate entirely, prompting a scream from the diners. In another incident in China, a fish was lying motionless in the water until some sodium peroxide was sprinkled on it.