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Friday, August 22, 2008

Really, Truly Disgusting

posted by on August 22 at 9:33 AM

rsz_salmon1.jpgLocal (and national) seafood-hero Jon Rowley writes on about the dangers of eating raw salmonónamely, the possibility of ending up with a 9-foot tapeworm.

Salmon for sushi, as Rowley notes, is almost always frozen first, which kills the tapeworm larvae.

More on the fish tapeworm here, including a neat life-cycle diagram from the CDC.

Photo by evil robot 6 from The Stranger’s Flickr pool

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I can think of a number of folks who should aspire to get a 9-foot tapeworm.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 22, 2008 9:52 AM

I'd seriously love to get one (maybe not 9m...), just to lose a couple pounds. I think if you lose enough it won't all come back, will it?

I mean, what if we could tame our tape worm overlords, using them instead of lap band surgery?

Posted by Original Monique | August 22, 2008 9:58 AM

"Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises"?

Posted by paulus | August 22, 2008 10:12 AM

I helped load that fiberglass Salmon onto a truck at the Great Peninsula Future Festival. There's a mural on the inside, if you dare to climb inside.

Posted by Chris | August 22, 2008 10:46 AM

yes, really truly disgusting story par excellence. Bethany has a dark side....

Posted by jackseattle | August 22, 2008 10:46 AM

Incidentally, a different parasite that is common in salmon will kill your dog if he or she eats raw salmon, so never give uncooked salmon, even lox, to a dog.

Posted by Simac | August 22, 2008 12:21 PM

wow, this entire time i'd been sure i was hallucinating when i saw a 30-foot long salmon barreling down the freeway at 60mph. great photo!

Posted by josh b | August 22, 2008 12:25 PM

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