- Horrifying moment when a cooked fish suddenly moves in front of diners in China
- The seafood had been fried and was put next to three other cooked fish
- A woman was heard shouting as she saw the fish’s body moving
Customers of a restaurant in the Chinese city of Hengyang could not believe their eyes when a fried fish suddenly started to move on a tray.
The seemingly dead fish came back to life in front of stunned diners in Hengyang, Hunan Province in southern China – and the incident was caught on camera.
Placed next to another fried fish, the video shows the fried fish slightly twitch before beginning to flail around – at which point a female patron begins to yell in surprise.
The woman was reportedly heard screaming: “Oh no, no, no! It’s cracking!” as the fish begins to jerk its flesh open.
The film went viral on the Chinese social network site Weibo, where some of the restaurant denounced animal abuse. But that was not the case as the fish was definitely dead.
According to IFLScience, the creepy phenomenon, which is apparently quite common, happens because: “Although the brain and heart are not functioning, there are cells that can still respond to stimuli,” and “Immediately after death, motor neurons maintain some membrane potential, or difference in ion charge, which then starts a domino effect down neural pathways causing movement.”