People often worry about eating squid while pregnant, but never about eating squid and getting pregnant.
A woman from South Korea felt a sharp pain in her mouth while dining on cooked whole squid. She told doctors she felt something in her mouth– something squirming. The doctors found “bug like organisms” that turned out out be ‘baby cephalopods’ attached to her mouth.
They’re already calling her “octo-mom.”
A scientific paper from the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland. The paper says, “She did not swallow the portion, but spat it out immediately. She complained of a pricking and foreign-body sensation in the oral cavity. 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. On the basis of their morphology and the presence of the sperm bag, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores.’ These are small and sticky pods containing an “ejaculatory apparatus” and sperm. The apparatus expels the sperm forcefully, hence the pain. The baby cephalopods were removed from her gums, tongue and cheek.
In other words, the woman had squid sperm in her mouth which fertilised without any eggs (I guess squids don’t need them, but what do I know? I’m a writer, not a Marine Biologist) and the squid babies were born in there.
I wonder what that ultrasound looks like…
Publications have been referring to the incident as a “pregnancy,” but I don’t think that’s how pregnancy works. Doesn’t it involve conception and implantation?
Technicalities aside, I think I can speak for everyone who’s heard about this when I say: