|Description:||This was a display of squid, Loligo opalescens in a farmers market’s fresh seafood section consisting of a number of these squid resting atop a bed of fresh crushed ice ready to be purchased by a visiting consumer. Note the tentacles with their suction cups emanating from the head region, the mantle, which encases the body, and located at the squids distal end, the fins, which propel the animal through the water.|
Eating squid requires proper cleaning and cooking, in order to avoid possible bacterial, or parasitic contamination. The disease known as anisakiasis, is a parasitic disease caused by anisakid nematodes (worms) that can invade the stomach wall or intestine of humans. The transmission of this disease occurs when infective larvae are ingested from fish, or squid that humans eat raw or undercooked. In some cases, this infection is treated by removal of the larvae via endoscopy or surgery.