A 63-year-old woman became ‘pregnant’ with 12 baby squid after eating calamari, according to a claim in a bio-tech report.
The real-life ‘octo-mum’, from South Korea, was eating a portion of cooked whole squid when she felt a sharp pain in her mouth.
The bizarre claim has been made in a scientific paper from the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland. The woman complained of a sharp pain in her mouth after eating a piece of fully cooked squid.
The woman from South Korea took the remainder of her calamari meal to a local hospital where doctors found 12 “bug-like organisms” stuck to the mucosa (skin) lining the woman’s mouth.
After examining the woman, doctors found “baby cephalopods” and the “presence of the sperm bag” attached to the inside of her mouth. “The foreign bodies were later identified as squid spermatophores.”
The Center’s 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.
Inside the pods is an ‘ejaculatory apparatus’ and sperm. Doctors say the apparatus in the sperm pods “forcefully shoots” sperm into the tongue, gums and cheek.
According to Science 2.0 a spermatophore is similar to a cup of semen.
The woman was hospitalized briefly. She is now fully recovered.