I'm watching Masterchef AU and during an episode, the chef finds a tiny fish bone and gives the obligatory chef 'you almost ended my life with a teeny tiny fish bone' look.
Growing up in Africa, we tend to cook and eat whole fish. Of course, this is generally not served to children for fear of choking but adults eat this all the time. Nothing more delicious than a whole fish seasoned and cooked over a flame or even fried. I love the crispy tails. :)
Not trying to be controversial, but I find this averse reaction to fish bones very common amongst Caucasian-dominant countries (think US, UK, AU).
My question is what's the big deal? If you eat a little slowly, enjoying a whole fish is probably one of the most delicious meals - eye balls and all. LOL
This is probably why I never ordered a filleted piece of fish at a restaurant. It's akin to ordering a pre-chewed meal.