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Unusual before eating...

Posted by eddybayton 
Unusual before eating...
January 17, 2020 10:16PM
Occasionally, especially at this time of year when it's dark and driving rain is beating on your windows you turn to reading. I came across this amazing if brief study which some bright spark decided to write up after a few chance conversations with workers in a fish processing plant in what has to be one of the most God forsaken places to live on Earth. Years ago on finding a wreck of dead gannets in SW Wales my brother and I decided to construct 2 full model skeletons. Boiling down the carcasses outside produced such a vile smell we abandoned the exercise. I can only think this paper must have involved even more exciting aromas. I thought I'd put it out there as light but valid entertainment if anyone wanted to investigate further...

Predation on seabirds by Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus) near the Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Sadie, Ullman, Holmen, Brewster & Beaudreau

Marine Ornithology, July 2015

....basically by asking a processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska to inspect the cod they were gutting then save up, freeze and despatch any whole or partially digested avians from the stomach contents of pot or trawl caught codfish. Wow. What a stink on thawing. I don't know if you've ever gutted fish on a small trawler but the stench of fish and diesel combined is a fine emetic even without the vessel rolling around ... just saying.

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