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Thread: washed up fish
Sep 1, 2010, 02:07 PM #21
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- Lewes, DE
i think they are poisonous if you don't filet it correctly. I think puffer is a japanese delacacy. But you have to master the art of the filet... young grasshoppa...
There are over 120 different species of this peculiar fish, best known for its ability to turn itself into a big, spiny ball when threatened. If cleaned and properly prepared, puffer fish, or blowfish as it is also know, can be safely eaten and is even considered a delicacy in Japan.
However, beware before ordering a plate of puffer. The liver, gonads, intestines, and skin of some species contain a neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin, a poison also found in the California newt and the eastern salamander and that can cause death if ingested.
In Japan, where a meal of puffer, or fugu, can run you a pretty penny, chefs are required to undergo an exam and acquire a special license to prepare the dish. During the exam, which has only a 25% pass rate, the chef must prepare and then eat a meal of puffer fish. Despite these precautions, some 100-200 people suffer from tetrodotoxin poisoning every year. Approximately half of these cases result in death.
Only small portions of contaminate fish need to be consumed for poisoning to occur, and the effects are felt within minutes. Symptoms usually include tingling of the mouth, vomiting, dizziness, and eventually, paralysis and death. There is no known antidote so treatment usually includes pumping the stomach.
However, tetrodotoxin might not be all bad. Recent research has suggested that it may ease pain in cancer patients and help wean heroin addicts.
Funny post Wally, with lot's of great info about the puffers. They are definitely a delicacy throughout asia with the same licensing requirements throughout. I was in Korea in 2007 and had some sashimi and soup. Of course I let my hosts try it first to be sure it was safe He got me back by making me try sea cucumber Never, under any circumstances, put that in your mouth, trust me!
Sep 1, 2010, 03:58 PM #25Member
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- Dec 2008
I fish march-june, then mid of Sept till Jan I know people that haven't eaten blow fish they are not poisonous from touch but inside they do have poison in certain parts I am told by the people that have eaten em, thTt. They cut out the poisonous parts, Idk how you could do that but w.e nd they're very boney I hear but also very tastey