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Thousands of “penis fish” washed up on a Northern California beach

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Thousands of the fat inn-keeper worms, also known as the “penis fish” washed up on a beach in the Northern part of California.

Take a picture of the worms was posted on Instagram by Bay Nature magazine in Dec. 6.

“Thousands of marine worms referred to as the fat innkeeper worm, or ‘penis fish’—was found, at the Drake’s Beach last week!!!!”, according to the magazine. “This is phallic-organisms, are relatively common along the west coast of North America, but they have to spend their entire lives in U-shaped tunnels in the sand, so very few visitors are aware of their existence.”

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Urechis unicinctus, also known as the penis fish, the innkeeper worm or the spoon worm is on the market in South Korea – photos on file.
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In an article in Bay Nature magazine, stated that, in the pulse of 10-inch worms have been washed ashore by a powerful storm that disturbed the sediment in the intertidal zone.

Inn-keeper, worm or Urechis unicinctus, have also been found in the Elkhorn Slough nature reserve, on the Bay of san francisco, California, usa.

It is in a U-shaped tunnel or burrow and have a unique method of eating. It secretes a slime net, which is used to trap small food particles,” explains the NOAA. “The worm in the circulation of the water through the tunnel, trapping food in a mucous net. When the mucus net is loaded with food for the entire network, with the weight of the food, it is swallowed by the worm.”

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The worms can reach up to 19 inches in length, but are typically between six and nine and a half inches long, according to NOAA.

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