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Imagine making yourself a nice fish fillet for dinner, only to watch in horror as the fillet seeming reanimates in the oven and comes back to life, flopping around? Sounds like a concept for a badly-written B-movie that you half-heartedly watch on TV on a Friday night when you’ve got nothing to do.

However, for one woman, it was the real-life scare she received one day while cooking a fish fillet in her oven.

Photo: Pixabay/Reinhard Thrainer

Understandably, the experience was so bizarre and somewhat unnerving, that she had to record video footage of her fish fillet jumping about the inside of her oven.

The post was shared to Reddit where other terrified users could get a show of the hefty hunk of fish jerk around violently for a little bit before it all comes to an end.

Check it out below:

Freaky, right? Well, the disturbing footage did start a buzz online as many people weighed in with their opinions as to what causes a fish fillet to suddenly start jumping around while cooking inside an oven.

One person commented that it’s due to the fish’s spine still sending signals to the muscles, and suggested that next time, the woman “stick a rod down the fish’s spine” while preparing it.


Another person suggested that it was their own guess that maybe the fish fillet was just very fresh and reacting to the seasoning. And actually, this person’s guess was echoed by a couple other comments from people who also said that lemon juice or salt could be activating the nerves if the fish is quite fresh. One person even said, “Some Japanese restaurants serve stuff like this. I’d be glad to get it. At least you know it’s fresh.”

Of course, no jerking fish fillet video would be complete without someone making a joke about the paranormal, and one person wrote, “For dessert, we have the severed head of a virgin baboon and your choice of any exorcism.”

Photo: YouTube/Naser Par

But apparently, a fish flopping around on a plate isn’t that unheard of. One chemistry professor from the University of Virginia, Charles Grisham, clarified with Discovery News that the reason for such events is because the animal’s tissue is somewhat still active.

He explained, “Most of the tissue… is actually still alive. Cell metabolites are nearly intact, membrane voltages or potentials that exist in nerve cells are probably still close to intact. Even though the brain function is missing, the tissues will still respond to stimuli.”

I think I’ll stick with tofu!

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