Bomb Found in Squid Being Cut Open at Chinese Fish Market

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 03:56 PM

By Michael Mullins

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How a live bomb got inside a 3-foot-long squid at a Chinese fish market remains a matter of speculation.

Local authorities have been unable to explain how the explosive device wound up inside the animal, though it is likely the bomb was ingested by the squid prior to its capture in the shallow waters off of China's Guangdong province.

The bomb was discovered by a fish monger as he attempted to cut open and gut the squid, Britain's The Telegraph reported. The device was shaped like an eggplant, was 8 inches long and weighed 3 pounds.

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"This sort of squid lives close to the shore and normally makes a meal of small fish and prawns," the fishmonger told the local Guangzhou Daily newspaper. "Perhaps he thought the bomb was his favorite food and gulped it down. He certainly had a big belly when he was caught."

The rusted bomb, which remained active despite the decay, was likely dropped by a fighter jet, according to local authorities, but they could not estimate the age of the weapon.

Police removed the device from the fish market and later detonated it in a controlled explosion.

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This isn't the first time a bomb has been found inside a marine animal. In 2007, the remains of a 19th century timer bomb was discovered inside a bowhead whale, The Telegraph reported.

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