1. The scientific name is: Takifugu rubripes.
2. Fugu is a puffer fish.
3. This fish is found in the western part of the Japanese Sea, in the Eastern and Yellow Sea.
4. Fugu is called a tiger’s puffer.
5. The intestines of the Fugu fish, mainly the liver, ovaries and roe, contain tetrodoxy, a very strong toxin dangerous to humans.
6. The Fugu fish genome is the shortest among vertebrate genomes.
7. The Fugu fish genome is very similar to the human genome.
8. Fugu fish floats at a depth of 10 to 135 meters.
9. This fish, although it can kill, is considered a delicacy in Japan.
10. It is consumed in Japan from 200 BC.
11. Poorly prepared fish can lead to respiratory paralysis and death by asphyxiation.
12. Annually, the dish from Fugu kills more than a dozen people, mainly in Japan.
13. Fugu can only be prepared and sold by a sushi master who has undergone many years of training and finally a state examination.
14. Only 30% of the chefs manage to pass the exam and get a certificate for preparing dishes from Fugu.
15. Getting a certificate for making fugu fish is very expensive.
16. Often the cook giving the fish to the customer, I try it myself.
17. Fugu is the only dish that can not be served to the Emperor of Japan.
18. In the European Union, the consumption of Fugu fish is prohibited.
19. The Fugu dish is considered the most risky delicacy in the world.