The lamprey is an edible, eel-shaped, scaleless fish with no ribs, no backbone and no jaws. There are several species of lampreys, some of which were considered to be great delicacies. Henry I of England and the poet, Alexander Pope, are both reputed to have died from eating a surfeit of them.

Lampreys are found in the Atlantic Ocean and they live by attaching them-selves to other fish and sucking nourish-ment from them. Nowadays, they are generally used by fishermen as bait and are rarely eaten. However, if they are to be eaten, they may be prepared in the same way as eels. Care should be taken to remove the poisonous filaments in the back.

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