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How Endangered Shark Species Were Snuck Into British Fish & Chips Shops

We don’t normally think of consuming shark outside of the infamous and deplorable shark fin soup, but a recent viral study shows that it’s a lot more prominent than thought in UK fish and chip shops.

Photo: Isai Rocha//Foodbeast

The paper, published in scientific journal Nature, found that 78 different samples of shark meat products found at fish and chip shops in the UK were marked with potentially deceptive names. Shark species identified included the endangered Spiny Dogfish shark, along with the Pacific Dogfish, Nursehound, and Starry Smoothound.

Ten different labelings were used to identify the various shark samples, but only one (“Shark Steak”) explicitly included the term “shark” in its name, and that was from a few samples obtained from a fishmonger. At the fish and chip shops, names like Rock, Huss, Rock Salmon, and Rock Eel were instead used.

European Union (EU) legislation in the UK allows these names to be used for the various shark species described, which means the restaurants were legally within limits to sell their shark as such. However, customers looking to eat fish instead of shark unaware of these regulations could easily be deceived into consuming the shark.

Why these restaurants are mislabelling spiny dogfish as such is up for speculation. It once was abundant and sustainable, but has since been overfished to the point of endangerment, especially near the UK. This led to the EU’s ban, but the spiny dogfish, or “rock salmon,” has still been in high demand at fish and chip shops, which drives up price and potential motivation to commit fraud.

How are the fish and chip shops able to get away with this? The authors of the study offered some insight, saying that a lot of the shark meat found from the restaurants was frozen and imported. The EU itself prohibits the Spiny Dogfish and other sharks from being caught, meaning that imports from the US, Argentina, and other parts of the world are crucial to sustaining that market.

The labels themselves may also play a factor. While virtually no mislabeling was detected by the research team, they did find that almost none of the packaging contained any identification of the actual species being sold. This is actually required by EU regulation to prevent “umbrella terms” like Rock and Huss from being used to sell critically endangered species like the Spiny Dogfish shark.

It would seem that an ideal solution to this shark fraud study would be to get rid of such “umbrella terms,” though it remains unclear how the EU will react to the research and change their legislation as a result.

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Watch This Vicious Crocodile Fight A Shark Over A Single Fish

In the last few years, we’ve developed a pretty healthy fear of the sea. We’ve seen eels come back to life, denizens of the deep tearing food from each others’ stomachs, and hundreds of spider crabs molting beneath the tides.

A few days ago, a video surfaced on YouTube titled “Crocodile feeding.” If that title wasn’t enough to chill us to the core, what follows sure did

The footage shows a fish being tossed to a crocodile at the Prince Regent River in Western Australia, reports BroBible. An innocuous, albeit terrifying snack. Almost immediately, however, a shark tries to steal the flounder from the hungry reptile. Not one to be disrespected, the crocodile rips into the shark and viciously bites down onto the intruder’s torso.

Check out the bone-tingling video to see the what happens for yourself. Good thing they slowed it down towards the latter half of the video. This was definitely one of those “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of moments.

The only thing we’re not completely sure of from the incident is the fate of that fish.

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7 Times Seafood Made Us Terrified To Go In The Water

The ocean can be a terrifying place. In the vast depths, the denizens that dwell beneath can sometimes be even more terrifying.

We dug around and found seven instances where seafood has simply made us fear the water.

So the next time you enjoy your fresh seafood platter, take a second to appreciate the work it took to get your food plated in front of you. As you can see from the seven tales presented below, you can bet your seafood put up a fight.


Spider Crabs Molting

Watching a creature molt and casting aside its current shell for a stronger skin, can make a person uneasy. Now imagine if you were exploring undersea life and come across THOUSANDS of these vicious spider crabs molting at the same time. Makes you want to rethink the crab fest at your local crab shack, right?

Eel Man

While the only tale that doesn’t take place in the water, it still makes us fear a bare-bottom encounter with a live eel. This dude in Asia decided it was a good idea to put a live eel up his butt to help clear out his constipation. The terrified eel did some damage to the man’s stomach and had to be removed through surgery after it died.

Yikes.

The takeaway from all of this? Eat more fiber.

Shrimp v Dragon Fish

When’s the last time you had some fresh shrimp and fish ceviche? Well if you never want to see how the sausage is made, you’ll definitely want to steer clear of this video.

OK, this isn’t really how ceviche is made. It is, however, a graphic video of a shrimp tearing open the stomach of a dragon fish to pull out an even SMALLER fish. A cut scene straight out of Mortal Kombat, this is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Hungry Clams Beach

Imagine you’re chilling at the beach and thousands of hungry clams emerge from the sand like a scene straight out of a horror movie? This terrifying footage captures exactly that.

A haunting sight for some, and the freshest seafood buffet for others. It’s all about perspective.

Spider Crabs Tearing Apart Octopus

This octopus was going about its day, heading home from a long day of flipping algae burgers, when it was confronted by a cast of crabs. Spider crabs to be exact.

The cast of crustaceans tear this innocent octopus apart, making short work of the cephalopod mollusk. Check out the brutal video at your own risk.

Clam Digging

Footage of this peculiar clam tunneling its way into the sand may appear whimsical at first. However, imagine if this were the reverse. You’re standing on the shore, barefoot, when a giant clam digs its way out of the sand like a scene straight out of Tremors.

Not so cute, huh?

As Foodbeast’s resident man of science Constantine Spyrou would say:

I ain’t saying she’s a clam digger.

Jimmy Johns Man

Sometimes the greatest sea monster isn’t from the sea. Such was the case with this guy that strongly resembled Jimmy Johns’ founder Jimmy John Liataud who had a photo go viral where he was allegedly shown humping a dead shark.

Not the proudest moment for land lubbers, that’s for sure.

We later found that it wasn’t actually Liataud, but an NYC police officer named Shawn.

Stay classy, officer.

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Jimmy John’s Founder Is NOT This Naked Guy Straddling A Dead Shark

A few days ago, animal conversation advocate Anneka Svenska posted the above disturbing photo of some crazed naked guy literally humping a shark that he had allegedly just caught. Svenska called for anyone on the internet to identify this messed up individual and “ask him why he did this.”

Apparently, many people thought that the guy in the photo looked like Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud, and rumors began to circulate the internet that he was the dumbass in the photos above.

It’s pretty easy to see why people thought it was Liataud, since he has a reputation of being a big-game hunter and several photos of him posing with his “feats,” including a rhinoceros, a grizzly bear, and multiple elephants, can be found online. The most recent photos can be traced back to a safari he went on in 2010 that resurfaced over the past couple of years, leading to boycotts of the sandwich chain amid massive public backlash.

However, in a 2015 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Liataud revealed that he had recanted his endangered animal-hunting ways, and was visibly saddened at his photos with those animals resurfacing and damaging his company’s reputation. He would still go after other animals that he could butcher and consume after killing, however.

To further debunk the theory, Deadspin was able to retrieve a statement from the sandwich chain saying that no, it was not Jimmy John Liataud in the photo. So for now, at least, the search continues to figure out what perverted lunatic would want to ride a dead shark in the nude.

UPDATE: The search is over. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the man in the photo is a former NYC police officer named “Shawn.” The photo is a couple of years old, and is meant to mock websites in the UK that apparently featured naked women doing the same thing. At least it’s not the Jimmy John’s CEO, that would’ve been embarrassing.

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Sharks Attack When You Pour Coffee into this Heat-Sensitive Mug

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Just when you thought it was safe to pour a cup of coffee, you hear something in the distance. A low sound, musical, repetitive. Duh-dum.  Duh-dum-duh dum. Suddenly, there are sharks everywhere. Look’s like you’re gonna need a bigger mug.

This heat sensitive mug releases sharks into the scenic waters painted around the cup.  A calm ocean is transformed into a shark menagerie when you pour in a hot beverage, with one beastly fish about to snap up an unsuspecting swimmer.  The good news is the sharks disappear in the dishwasher. So you’ve still got your chance to save the day.

Shark! Heat Sensitive Mug, $12 @Wanelo

H/T The Awesomer

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Shark Attack With Your Coffee?

It looks like your ordinary, non-threatening simple white mug from the outside, but before you know it you’ll be screamin’ Shaaaaaark! The Shark Attack Porcelain Mug is for those who need more than just milk and sugar with their morning pick me up. It would also make at great gag gift, especially for those who suffer from selachophobia. ($9.56 @ mcphee.com)

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Shark Bottle Opener

Shark teeth are no longer something to fear with this Shark Bottle Opener. You will begin to feel comfortable with the aquatic animal’s fearsome feature, even welcome it. Let’s see Shark Week show something on this level.  ($20 @ Fred Flare)