Life Stories

Thousands of Strange ‘Penis Fish’ Wash Ashore on California Beach

Nature is surprisingly creative, often leaving us amused, terrified, or puzzled, at least. Our planet is the home of some pretty shocking kinds of wildlife. Strange creatures roam all over the world, each of them having its purpose in the animal kingdom.

We are often confused by the variety of aquatic animals, many of which are still unknown to us.

After a recent storm, thousands of 10-inch phallic fish baffled morning visitors to Drakes Beach in Northern California. They are known as “fat innkeeper worms,” and have been previously seen on other nearby beaches, usually after storms.

The creature is scientifically known as Urechis caupo and is classified as a type of spoonworm. According to researchers, they can live for up to 25 years if they succeed go avoid predators. Fossil evidence indicates that they have existed for more than 300 million years.

The picture below reveals fat innkeepers that appeared on Bodega Bay in June. Their strange look explains why they are casually known as a “pen*s fish.”

Having such unique shape, they can build U-shaped burrows in the sand, and eat by making a slime net that traps bacteria, plankton and other smalls particles that drift in the water.

The U-shaped burrows they create are used as their temporary home and are afterward used by other creatures, which explains the name ‘innkeeper’.

Thousands of “pen*s fish” appeared on the Drakes Beach after the storm, as the muddy sand that usually covers them was washed out to sea.

These strange-looking creatures are a delicacy in some cultures, and the South Korean dish is known as “gaebul”, often served with a savory sauce made from salt and sesame oil. People who have tried it say that it is chewy, salty and surprisingly sweet.

I have to be sincere, I do not know many who would wholeheartedly order this dish at a restaurant, you?