Thousands of creatures resembling penises have washed up on a beach in California. The worms bury themselves deep beneath the sand, but recent storms have uprooted them and Drakes Beach, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, has been covered in the creatures. But the fat innkeeper is perfectly shaped for a life spent underground," wrote biologist Ivan Parr. There is fossil evidence of the creatures dating back million years and some live for up to 25 years, he added. These phallic organisms are quite common along the West coast of North America, but they spend their whole lives in U-shaped burrows under the sand, so few beachgoers are aware of their existence.
Thousands of 'penis fish' washed up on a California beach
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Updated December 15, Beachgoers in Northern California have been stunned by the sight of what looks like thousands of disembodied penises washing up on the shoreline. A recent storm in Drakes Beach, north of San Francisco, uncovered a mass of worms from their burrows deep under the sand. The creatures, which are known as fat inkeeper worms or Urechis caupo, were soon dubbed "penis fish" due to their phallic characteristics and distinctive colouring. Biologist Ivan Parr wrote in the journal Bay Nature that the same phenomenon had been reported in other areas on the California coast. Mr Parr, who measured the worms as "inch" or 25cm and described them as "pulsing", said they were perfectly-shaped to burrow underground.
Get to know the very charismatic penis fish invading a California beach
This may just be the weirdest thing you've seen today! Thousands of these marine worms, called fat innkeeper worms—or "penis fish"—washed up on Drake's Beach after a recent storm. Try not to be alarmed by the thousands of plump, pink, inch blobs caught flopping across a California beach last week. They are just some homeless penis fish. Despite their nickname, a "penis fish" is neither a penis nor a fish.
CNN A horde of large, fat worms descended upon a central California beach, spooked out of their burrows by a bomb cyclone. These phallic organisms are quite common along the West coast of North America, but they spend their whole lives in U-shaped burrows under the sand, so few beachgoers are aware of their existence. More Videos Just what exactly is a 'bomb cyclone'? Commencement speaker shocks graduates with gift.