A Chinese fishmonger recently got the fright of his life after discovering a squid he caught had swallowed an active bomb.
The squid was caught in the shallow waters off Guangdong province in China and was nearly 3 feet long. The fishmonger, identified only as Mr. Huang by the local Guangzhou Daily newspaper, then took the squid to a fish market in Jiaoling county. It was there that he tried to gut the squid for a customer, but instead felt his knife hit the 8-inch live bomb inside of it.
Huang called the police after the bomb was discovered, who took it away and performed a controlled explosion.
"This sort of squid lives close to the shore and normally makes a meal of small fish and prawns," said Huang. "Perhaps he thought the bomb was his favorite food and gulped it down. He certainly had a big belly when he was caught.”
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Police have not dated the bomb, but speculate that it was dropped by a fighter jet and, thinking it was food, the squid swallowed it whole. Despite the possible old age of the bomb, police said that it was still active and easily could have been detonated accidentally by Huang.
This wasn’t the first time sea life has been found to have accidentally ingested explosives. In 2007, for example, a bowhead whale was found to have accidentally swallowed a 19th century timer bomb.