YUCK! Mystery Creature Found In Tuna Can Is Actually A Tongue Eating Parasite


Like most people, I am a big fan of tuna salad, but after seeing what this woman found in her can of tuna, I may never touch the stuff again.

Zoe Butler open a can of Princes tuna and was stunned to see two little eyes starring right back at her.

Mrs Butler, 28, bought the can of tuna from an Asda in Arnold, a suburb of Nottingham.

“I opened the top of the lid and saw a purply thing, a gut sack or intestine – then I turned it round and pushed it with a fork and saw it looking back at me,” she told the Nottingham Post.

“It’s got like a spiny tail along the bottom – it’s quite grim.

“I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nan to come and have a look.”


They both studies the creature and came to the conclusion that it was not alive, so that was good.  Mrs Butler’s grandmother, Susan Goddard, described it saying, “It’s a little red and has eyes, bright black, looking at you.

Pictures of the creature have everyone buzzing about what it could be, but the Natural History Museum finally has an answer. They concluded that the head belonged to a Cymothoa exigua, or tongue-eating louse. The parasite lives inside a fish, entering through its gills and attaching itself to its host’s tongue.


Zoe Butler didn’t show her kids because she didn’t want them to be turned off from eating tuna (like I will be from this point until the day that I die).

She contacted the company Princes and they issued a statement saying,  “We were contacted by Mrs Butler and immediately responded to apologize. We are arranging for her to send us the product so that we can look into this matter fully.”

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Some people might be outraged or sickened by finding something like that in their food, but Mrs. Butler has kept a cool head about it. “I just want to find out what it is and to make sure it doesn’t happen to somebody else, she said.

She even joked saying, “I didn’t set out to get compensation and I don’t a want lifetime’s supply of tuna!”

Well, after finding something like that in your food, I can understand why!


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