Disturbing 'Creature' in Mom's Tuna Can Is Even Worse Than We Thought

can of tuna openUsually we rely on massive food recalls to know when a health threat might be lurking in our lunch, but other safety issues may be far sneakier. Take the frightening "being" Zoe Butler, a 28-year-old mom from the UK, discovered in a can of Princes tuna last month. When even after Butler's experience made international headlines, no one knew what the heck the "creature" actually was! Until now. It may a cymothoa exigua!


According to Butler's Twitter, investigations found the creature to be a "small immature crab also known as a Megalopa."

Hany Elsheikha, PhD, associate professor of veterinary parasitology at the University of Nottingham, told the Telegraph he also believed it to be some form of juvenile crab.

However, another guess from an Identification and Advisory Service manager from the Natural History Museum in London, who spoke with The Telegraph, was that it was a tongue-eating parasite known as a cymothoa exigua. These parasites live inside a fish, after having entered through its gills and attaching itself to its host’s tongue. Ughhhh.

tongue eating parasite in tuna can

The scientist elaborated that the parasite is "an associate of smaller fish than tuna and fish that a tuna would eat." Oh, how lovely.

Either way, neither of those is something I would want to find in my food -- let alone something I was considering feeding my kid! Yeesh.

Really, as if we didn't have enough to worry about when it comes to food safety! Now we have to be concerned that a parasite or a baby crab is in tuna. Between this horrifying incident, and the fact that tuna is already under fire for being one of the highest mercury fish, it'll be a wonder if anyone will continue to buy it at all. Well, maybe the exception will be anyone who's cool with staring down an alien-like creature in their meal?

How does this development leave you feeling about buying canned tuna?


Images via iStock.com/Juanmonino & Zoe Butler/Twitter

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