this is absolutely wrong as far as sardine eating is concerned. in Portugal we never do it like this. 1. peel the sardines, take the skin and scales off. they are very unconfortable to eat, bad to digest tooo... 2. then carefully remove fish meat from bones, (with or without cuttlery. I do it with my fingers). starting from the top of the fish so it looses better from the akward thin belly bones... Whoever came up with this idea of eating sardines has not a clue, is badly informed and does not eat sardines on a regulöar basis, be he/she portuguese or nogt. Sorry!