Survival Food: Primitive Raw Fish Snack

Food isn’t always difficult to acquire in the wild. At certain times of the year some trees and plants provide fruit and seeds that can easily be collected and prepared to eat. Likewise some animals can be gathered and eaten even raw. Sometimes I’ve been fortunate enough to find a fresh fish tossed on the beach by a high tide. I don’t know what caused the death of this needlefish but I assumed the role of an opportunist feeder and sank my teeth into the tasty flesh.

Is there a reasonable risk to eating a dead fish found on the beach? That’s a good question and many people would never eat many of the things that I eat. Fist of all, I would not eat raw a dead fish found in freshwater. Parasites are much less common in saltwater fish. If I find a dead freshwater fish I examine it thoroughly and if it appears fresh then I will open it up and examine the entrails. If it all looks good then I would cook it and eat it.

I’ve eaten fresh caught raw fish from the ocean many times and I’ve never become sick from it. In fact, I’ve never become sick from any animal I’ve either caught or found dead in the wild or eaten raw, and that includes grasshoppers, ants and other insects. This fish appeared very fresh when I found it. It was probably injured by a larger fish that may have attempted to eat it or perhaps it even jumped out of the water to escape a larger predator and ended up stuck on the beach where it then died.

Nonetheless, it tasted great and provided me with excellent nutrition to fuel my body. The remains I returned to the ocean.

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I wish I could maintain my health on a primal diet that does not include animals but unfortunately that did not work well and I ended up with health problems as a result of those attempts. From my studies, observations of nature, and personal experience I have come to believe that the best diet for optimal human health is a primal diet (paleo).

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