A fish that can trigger LSD-like hallucinations when eaten has been discovered in UK waters.
The sarpa salpa species of bream is normally found in the Mediterranean and around South Africa.
But fisherman Andy Giles has told how he hauled a sarpa salpa, instantly recognisable by its gold stripes, near Polperro, Cornwall.
Mr Giles, 38, said: 'We were trawling for lemon sole and hauled it up at the end of the day. After taking a photograph, I put it in the fish box and brought it back for experts.
'Perhaps I should have taken it into town to sell to some clubbers!'
There have only been three recordings of sarpa salpa in British waters before.
Experts say they may be being lured north by warmer waters.
Marine biologist James Wright said: 'It could be a single fish shoaling with a different species but it could be there are more in our seas.'
Sarpa salpa are served in Mediterranean restaurants - but if the head is eaten hallucinations, caused by plankton the fish eats, can last days.
In 2006, two men, one aged 90, suffered hallucinations and nightmares for days after eating sarpa salpa in southern France.
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:58 AM on 14th May 2009
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