There are fish out there that are deadly poisonous. Some are super dangerous. Yet, we eat them. Here are 6 scary fish that people eat…
Somewhere, sometime, you may be faced with a menu choice involving one of these seriously dangerous, or otherwise not normal fish dishes. Which of these would you try, and which would you never let pass your lips?
These Amazonian killers get the ultimate payback when they are fried up and served as the main course. Accounts of eating this fish state that it has a strange odor but otherwise, it’s pretty good. I think anything could be good it you deep fry it. Piranhas are deadly in the water. They will rip your flesh apart… but humans are at the top of the food chain, so eating this deadly fish is definitely possible and, of course, eaten mostly in foreign countries.
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2. Snakehead Fish
This fish is similar to the piranha. Some claim it’s even nastier, like in this story by the Daily Telegraph. The Giant Snakehead is a predatory fish and will attack, like a piranha. They are an extremely invasive, non-native fish and have taken over entire ponds since they have been introduced to the US, so eat away. They are one of the staple fish in SE Asian cuisine, where they are native. I’ve tried it in Vietnam in a hot-pot, and it was pretty delicious.
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Puffers, or Tetraodontidae, are the second most poisonous vertebrae, after the golden poison frog. The toxin levels vary with each species in the Puffer family that include the pufferfish, puffers, balloonfish, blowfish, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish, toadfish, toadies, honey toads, sugar toads, and sea squab. And yet, humans have found a way to eat these deadly fish. Only highly trained chefs, mostly in Japan and China, are trusted with cooking the right parts of this fish. Due to its danger it is considered a delicacy. Want some fugu anyone?
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4. Silver-Striped Blaasop
When this seemingly harmless fish’s insides are eaten they can potentially cause paralysis and respiratory problems. Historically, this fish, when eaten, is on record for causing 10 fatalities.
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This is arguably the most poisonous fish in the world. It totally makes sense to eat it. Especially raw. Stonefish is prepared as sashimi called Okoze. This fish has 13 deadly spikes and even a prick can cause serious pain. The Stonefish is native to the Indo-Pacific ocean and part of the Synanceia family. Here is what one victim said on the Wikipedia site-
I got spiked on the finger by a Stonefish in Australia … never mind a bee sting. … Imagine having each knuckle, then the wrist, elbow and shoulder being hit in turn with a sledgehammer over the course of about an hour. Then about an hour later imagine taking a real kicking to both kidneys for about 45 minutes so that you couldn’t stand or straighten up. I was late 20s, pretty fit physically and this was the tiniest of nicks. Got sensation back in my finger after a few days but had recurrent kidney pains periodically for several years afterwards.
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This one is stretching it a bit because they aren’t really dangerous. They are most commonly found in rich people’s rare fish tanks. They do have stingers in their spiky fin rays that are venomous, but their flesh is fine to eat. And actually really tasty. These fish have also been categorized as invasive, especially on the East Coast, so eating them is encouraged. Check out these awesome Lionfish recipes.
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