Nature can sometimes have quite the sense of humor and this recent story proves that. Thousands of ‘penis-fish’ have washed ashore in California. Penis-fish, is also known as a ‘fat innkeeper worm’. It gets its name because the 10-inch sea creature looks like a ‘pink sausage’ and creates U-shaped burrows in mud or sand that it leaves behind for other creatures to move in – hence its name ‘innkeeper’.
After a storm hit Drakes Beach in California, a sea of these ‘penis-fish’ washed ashore.
They eat plankton, bacteria and other smalls particles.
They get the name ‘fat innkeepers worm’ because they live and burrow in sand and mud that often contain other animals.
This fish is very popular in Korea and Japan and usually just eaten raw with just seasoning.
And to add even more humor to the hilarious name of ‘penis-fish’, when the tide is in, the worm slides up to the chimney of its burrow and exudes a sticky mucous net from a ring of glands. Sometimes you can see these mucous nets, looking like decaying jellyfish, draped around the burrow entrance. The worm continues to secrete as it slips lower into the burrow, generating a slime-net that stretches from the chimney to the worm’s mouth.