Woman Claims She Became Pregnant With Baby Squid After Calamari Dinner

A 63-year-old woman from China claims that she's pregnant. That in itself would be a medical miracle, but this woman decided to add even more shock value to her claim when she said she was pregnant with baby squid. She didn't have any romantic encounters with a squid, but she did enjoy some calamari for dinner one night.

The South Korean woman says that she was eating a cooked whole squid when she felt a pain in her mouth. It was a sharp pain piercing her skin. She spat the hard piece of meat out immediately, but the prickly sensation spread through her mouth.

She said she could later feel 'bug-like organisms' moving around in her mouth. She went to the doctor to be examined.

Doctors examined the woman's mouth, and were surprised to find that there was, indeed, something moving around in there, attached to her mouth: baby cephalopods. In other words, very small squids.

The baby squids were covered in some kind of cement-like substance meant to make them stick to the host.

As far as doctors can tell, when the victim was eating the squid, she bit into an 'ejaculatory apparatus'. The apparatus is meant to inject sperm and expel it forcefully.

Deep-sea squids are still a very mysterious creature to scientists. As far as experts can tell, when squid mate, males transfer their sperm to the female through a long penis that discharges the spermatophore, embedding it deep into her skin or muscle. The mass of sperm is encased in protective covering and affixed to the female by a cement-like substance.

The baby squid were about to be expelled forcefully once again. Doctors immediately hospitalized the woman and began a procedure to expel the 'squid spermatophores' from the woman's gums, tongue and cheek.

"Twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms stuck in the mucous membrane of the tongue, cheek, and gingiva [gums] were completely removed, along with the affected mucosa," read a report in a scientific paper published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland. "On the basis of their morphology and the presence of the sperm bag, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores."

Scientists aren't sure how the spermatophores, similar to a cup of semen, are implanted into the skin by the squid. It's not the first time, however, that an unsuspecting woman was 'impregnated' by a squid dinner.

A woman in Japan ate some raw squid, and immediately experienced mouth pain. The woman went to the hospital with the remainders of her dinner, and the doctors found the sperm bags in her mouth. They removed them as well.

These incidents usually happen in the Far East, where squid is more likely to be consumed raw. In western nations, squids are usually well cooked, and the internal organs, including the reproductive organs, are removed. The risk of being injected with spermatophores is extremely reduced when squid is prepared that way.

It's also unlikely you can be 'impregnated' by squid sperm by swimming around in the ocean, or preparing a squid dinner.

"The skin on your hands, and most of the rest of your body, is much too thick to get stuck," said Danna Staaf, a squid enthusiast from Science 2.0 to the Daily Mail. "I've probably had hundreds of spermatophores ejaculate on my fingers and never felt a sting."

Source: Daily Mail
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