Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ugly Aphrodesiac

LOS ANGELES - The hagfish is a bottom feeder so repulsive it had a cameo on TV's "Fear Factor." It slimes its enemies, has rows of teeth on its tongue, and feeds on the innards of rotting fish by penetrating any orifice. But cooked and served on a plate, it is considered an aphrodisiac in South Korea.

And the overseas appetite for the hagfish — also known as the slime eel — is creating a business opportunity for struggling West Coast fishermen confronted with tough restrictions on the catching of salmon and other fish. Read More

Hagfish [wiki], a pseudo-vertebrate creature than can turn a bucket of water into slime in minutes is considered an aphrodisiac? I mean it eats the insides of fish by entering the fish through the gills or anus.

Very odd.

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