Sleeping with the fish eggs
Even people who think caviar is to die for might lose their appetite when it’s stored in a hospital morgue. But that’s where police in St. Petersburg, Russia, found a huge stash of the delicacy recently—385 pounds stored in the refrigerated space where cadavers are kept. At least now Outliers knows where to look for snacks when touring Russian hospitals.
A morgue employee and a businessman were arrested after the discovery, but police said the matter is still being investigated and it is unclear if the men will be charged.
The arrested men said the caviar, or salted fish eggs, was to be a treat for hospital employees at a New Year’s party.
Most of the red caviar was from salmon, but 84 pounds of the stash was black caviar from sturgeon, an endangered fish. Amid heavy restrictions on sturgeon fishing, black caviar is increasingly produced and sold illegally.
In the run-up to New Year’s, one of Russia’s most lavishly festive holidays, police made a series of other seizures of caviar.
A day after the morgue discovery, St. Petersburg police said they seized an additional 220 pounds intended for illegal sale at local markets.
Where did you find this caviar, again?