I’ve been eating seafood for as long as I can remember. I don’t only eat seafood, I love it. And I love it all. Calamari, Haddock, Cod, Mahi, Tuna, Clams, Shrimp, Lobster, Crabs, even Anchovies. I used to say “I never met a fish I didn’t love”.
That all changed today.
My mom and I went shopping to somewhere we don’t go very often, and one of the perks of shopping in this specific area is our favorite seafood restaurant. We were craving one of their fish fry’s. They are, hands down, the best fish fry ever. And we always get their hand battered onion rings to go with our fish fry.
Before we knew it, our order was up and we couldn’t wait to dig in to our lunches.
My mom and I were talking while eating, and I tend to eat much slower than the average person. I always have. I look at everything I eat. And this is why.
As I’m eating my fish, I noticed something strange in the center of it. My mom looks at me and asks what it was. I used my fork to place it on a napkin. It was a WORM. IN MY FISH.
At first I think we were a little in denial. I mean, it can’t be a worm in my fish fry, right? It must be something else that looks like a worm.
I then started digging around in my fish, and there was another one. Curled up. My mom and I were completely startled at that point, and since she eats a little faster than me, she had less fish left on her plate, but still had some left. She starts looking through her piece of fish, and yep – you guessed it – another worm in HER fish.
We immediately stopped eating (and tried our best to keep from vomiting) and my mom grabs the pieces of fish and puts them on a napkin and goes to the counter.
This is where it gets even more alarming.
The manager tells my mom that they are aware of the worms in our fish. In fact, he didn’t call them worms. He called them PARASITES. He said they are in all fish, and that someone just didn’t clean out the fish very well.
She did end up getting a full refund on our meal, and needless to say, we quickly left, feeling sick to our stomachs.
Mind you, I am 43 years old and my mom is in her 60’s. We have been eating fish all our lives, and have never seen worms in our fish. I did come straight home and started researching, and found out that yes, this is normal. There are different types of worm parasites, some are worse than others, and some can be very dangerous. I have no idea what kind of parasites these were, but I will tell you this – I am never, EVER, eating seafood of any kind, ever again.
I have a freezer full of shrimp, shrimp scampi, Mahi, calamari and other seafood, and they are going directly into the garbage.
I find this extremely alarming that this is “normal” and I have no desire to consume worm parasites, I don’t care how normal or “safe” they are.
I urge you to do a YouTube search for “worms in fish”. But be forewarned, it is sickening and alarming.
Still plan to enjoy your seafood? Bon Appetit. I, for one, will most definitely not be joining you.