Social Media is often blamed for spreading fake news and rumours. However, there are times when it has helped to save lives as well. In one of such incidents, micro-blogging site Twitter helped to save the life of a boy who was about to eat a super-poisonous fish. Here’s how:
It was a rainy day and Narathiga, a 20-year-old Japanese boy, was out to do some fishing. He had a successful day and he ended up catching a big fish covered in blue patterns. Excited about his catch, he tweeted about his plans on Twitter.
“Caught a big thread filefish. I will eat its intestines with soy sauce now,” he tweeted with an image of the fish.
However, Narathiga hadn’t caught thread file fish but a scrawled filefish, which more poisonous than a pufferfish.
Concerned over what could very well turn out to be a disaster, Twitterati immediately stopped him from eating the fish.
“Do not eat it!,” tweeted a concerned Twitterati.
— 梅室 (@0320Ryo99) November 21, 2016
“This is not a bamboo harvest It is a fish with poisonous poison,” tweeted another.
— 恐山 竜美@腰痛(;´•ω•`) (@dinosaur777888) November 19, 2016
“This is a poisonous fish named Soup Hagi. Because toxicity is strong and death rate is high,” tweeted another person.
— ハル♂ (@reon19860409) November 19, 2016
However, when Narathiga didn’t reply for several hours, the concerned netizens feared the worst.
“Are you alive?,” asked one.
— 弁慶 (@_torte__) November 20, 2016
“About Sōshi hagi. I released it when I got a lip of attention. Especially because the I hadn’t drained any blood, so it swam away. Also, about not responding, I was delayed due as I was out of range and my battery died. I apologize for the trouble,” Narathiga wrote.
— ならティガ (@narathiga) November 19, 2016