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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trippy Bream Caught Off Britain's Coast

The sarpa salpa is a type of bream which is known to cause hallucinations if certain parts are eaten. While a delicacy in some parts of the world, two men were hospitalized in 2006 in France after eating the bream - both suffered auditory hallucinations after dining on the sarpa salpa. Indigenous to the Mediterranean and waters surrounding South Africa, only three have ever been caught in British waters... until now.

A fisherman trawling for lemon sole caught one of the gold-striped bream in his nets and saved it. Not knowing what it was, he took pictures and looked on the Web. When he discovered it was a sarpa salva, he said:

Now [that] I realize what it was and the effects it can have, perhaps I should have taken it into town to sell to some clubbers

The last time a sarpa salva was caught in British waters was 1983. Some experts believe global warming is to blame for the bream's northern appearance.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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