I didn’t really like seafood to begin with, but I’m never eating it again after watching this video—the most terrifying clip to ever grace the Internet. Yes, that’s a bold statement, but I stand by it 100 percent.
A restaurant patron in Japan was just enjoying a plate of fish when something disturbing happened. The fish—with its eyes and fins still in tact—started to wiggle. Thankfully (or unthankfully), a cameraman caught the entire thing on tape. Watch as the fish (literally gasping for life) tries to make sense of its surroundings. You can hear restaurant-goers screaming in the background, and we don’t blame them. This shit is truly freaky.
But the fish doesn’t just wiggle. Nope. At the end of the video, this fighter attempts to jump off the plate. And homeboy (or girl) got some serious air. It was enough to scare the cameraman away. (Again, can you blame him?)
But how the heck did this happen? Was the fish even dead to begin with? According to National Public Radio, the soy sauce on the fish might be to blame. “Because this [fish] was just killed, its muscle cells were still intact and operational. A live [fish] moves by sending an electrical command from its brain to its muscles. The commands say ‘contract’ or ‘relax,'” NPR staffer Robert Krulwich reports. The fish’s brain wasn’t functioning, but, believe it or not, salt can be a substitute. Yup.
“Extra sodium (the salt) sends ions to the cell that trigger the cell to open up, creating a cascade of chemical activities that causes the cell to fire, so the muscle twitches,” Robert writes. Because soy sauce is salt-heavy, it actually sent signals to the fish’s muscles—hence the moving. And our fear.
Watch the craziness unfold in the video above. Be warned, though: It’s not for the faint of heart (or seafood stans).