It’s alive! A new video (below) has surfaced of a fish apparently coming back to life after being prepared and served in sweet and sour sauce, the Mirror reported. The fish’s head was still attached to its fins and they continued to flap at the edge of the plate.
The gray fish is believed to have been filmed at a restaurant in the Yuexiu District of China's Guangzhou Province, Daily Mail reported.
Alhough the video may seem creepy, stories like this are not uncommon. The phenomenon of animals moving after they are dead is seen across species and has a biological explanation.
Muscle cells in freshly dead animals can still receive electrical commands and have enough chemical energy to contract when they come in contact with a stimulus. In the case of fish that seem to come back to life, it’s most likely an automatic reaction to sodium chloride, better known as table salt, NPR reported.
"Most of the tissue in an organism that's recently dead, recently killed, is actually still alive," Charles Grisham, a chemistry professor at the University of Virginia, explained to Discovery News. "In this case, even though the brain function is missing, the tissues will still respond to stimuli."