‘Penis-fish’ startles aquarium visitor as it resembles something very rude
An aquarium is a perfect place to have your eyes opened to the beauty of marine life.
But it’s not all seahorses and manta rays at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, USA – there’s also big fleshy fish that look like penises.
One visitor was caught off guard when one of the phallic fish swam up beside her, displaying its uncanny and quite frankly disgusting resemblance to male genitalia.
Stephanie Walen did what any of us would do and took loads of pictures before sharing them online. The 32-year-old grocery worker said she was subsequently inundated with thousands of messages of disbelief.
“People were so flabbergasted and some quite mortified by my photos, I had thousands of people asking whether its a penis or a c**kfish,” Stephanie said.
“I happened upon this amazingly confusing rockfish showing itself to the aquarium guests near the glass.”
Despite the rock fish’s unique appearance, it’s not the only fish that make many people take a second look.
Last year, thousands of pulsing “penis-fish” washed up on a California beach after a storm forced them out of their underwater burrows.
These sausage-like creatures – known as the “fat innkeeper worm” or Urechis caupo – appeared on Drakes Beach due to the bad weather on December 6.
In Bay Nature, Parr wrote: “The same phenomenon has been reported over the years at Pajaro Dunes, Moss Landing, Bodega Bay, and Princeton Harbor.
“I’ve heard my share of imaginative theories from beachcombers, such as flotsam of a wrecked bratwurst freighter.
“In truth, these are living denizens of our beaches rudely, yet also mercifully, mostly called ‘fat innkeeper worms.”
More disgustingly, they are considered a delicacy in Korea and China, where they are eaten with sesame oil and gochujang.