A woman in Seoul, Korea was eating semi-boiled squid when the cephalopod injected its sperm bag into her tongue, according to research published in February.
The unidentified woman reportedly experienced a “pricking and foreign-body sensation” while she chewed and spat the squid out. She had to go to the hospital when she felt severe pain and several “small, squirming” creepy crawlies in her mouth.
Doctors found that the squid had left “twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms” in the mucous membranes of her tongue and cheek.
Indeed, the woman’s mouth had been essentially inseminated.
Researchers think that the squid’s sperm bags came out while the woman chewed her food. Squids have “sperm bags,” which are ejaculatory apparatuses that attach themselves to a female’s body before slowly secreting sperm, according to Fairfax New Zealand News.
It’s not the first time a squid has tried to fertilize a human mouth. There have been several incidents in Japan where people have complained of oral stings by their food, the news site reported.
When consuming raw squid, diners should remove their internal organs, or boil the tasty treat long enough to kill its sperm bags, researchers warned.
The research was published by the American Society of Parasitologists in the Journal of Parasitology.