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Dec 15 - Thousands of hard, thick 'peni5 fish' wash up in California
 

 
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(CNN) A horde of large, fat worms descended upon a central California beach, spooked out of their burrows by a bomb cyclone.

Wildlife enthusiast David Ford captured the foreboding scene, which looks as though a plane full of frankfurters flung open the hatch and let the dogs rain down upon the unassuming shore.
What were these alien creatures, and why'd they end up on shore?

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Ford sent his quandary and the surreal images of the Drakes Beach shore to Bay Nature magazine, a local science publication.
They are not franks but fat innkeeper worms, almost as old as the wet sand in which they burrow. And their appearance was rare: The stranding Ford stumbled into might've been one of the few times they'd ever left the ground in their adult lives, biologist Ivan Parr told CNN.

The deal with these strange creatures
The bulbous worms can live their entire lives underground, holed up in u-shaped burrows beneath the wet sand along the California coast.
Colloquially known as "p*nis fish" among biologists and dilettantes for its phallic shape, the innkeeper worm earned their proper name for temporarily housing smaller creatures in their burrows, with little conflict.
Pea crabs, claims and the tiny arrow goby fish share space with the worm and eat the food it discards, though there's little in it for the worm.

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SHOOK 😳 Thousands of these marine worms—called fat innkeeper worms, or “p*nis fish”—were found on Drake’s Beach last week! 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. ⛈🌊 A recent storm in Northern California brought strong waves that washed away several feet of sand from the intertidal zone, leaving all these fat innkeeper worms exposed on the surface. 🏖 Next time you go to the beach, just think about the hundreds of 10-inch, pink sausages wiggling around just a few feet under the sand. 🙃 . . Get the full story in our new #AsktheNaturalist with @california_natural_history via link in bio! (📸: Beach photo courtesy David Ford; Worm photo by Kate Montana via iNaturalist)

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There's no need for fat innkeeper worms come up to the surface, where otters, gulls and humans (they're a salty, South Korean delicacy) could prey on them, when they can cast a mucousy net to catch food and reproduce from the comfort of their burrows.
That's unless, of course, a storm strikes.
"We're seeing the risk of building your home out of sand," Parr wrote in Bay Nature. "Strong storms -- especially during El Nio years -- are perfectly capable of laying siege to the intertidal zone, breaking apart the sediment, and leaving their contents stranded on the shore."
The powerful storms that hit Drakes Beach around Thanksgiving dumped an inch of rain and wind gusts of 45 miles an hour on the area, likely a driver of the worm's surfacing, Parr told CNN.
The other two previous mass strandings in 2010 and 2016 hit during El Nio weather events, characterized by warmer-than-average waters that routinely bring with them more rain to California.
Do the strandings hurt them?
Biologists don't know.

The resilient worms are ancient creatures, their burrows dating back some 300 million years, Parr said, and one of the oldest worms ever found was believed to be 25 years old.

But because they live primarily underground, the innkeeper worms are difficult to quantify, he said. The impacts of strandings on their populations will likely stay hidden as long as the worms do.
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 2 months ago '17        #2
Mr Scaramucci  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x41 OP
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Makes my skin itch
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I prefer my p*nis fish raw
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 2 months ago '04        #5
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They are worms. sh*ts crazy tho
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 2 months ago '17        #7
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Of course p*nish fish would wash up on Drake’s shore
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 2 months ago '17        #8
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How much you wanna bet @ is booking his flight to Cali now?

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 2 months ago '19        #9
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How do I get a hold of one. Research purposes
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 Free my soul said



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 blessings said
How do I get a hold of one. Research purposes
f*g
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Tf?
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 2 months ago '19        #13
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I would suck the sh*t out of those things.
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 2 months ago '16        #14
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What is going on in this thread
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 2 months ago '16        #16
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Absolutely disgusting
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n*gga I’ll be throwing up

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These things are actually eaten in japan. This channel i follow on YT (Travel Thirsty) Shows prep meals of exotic seafood.



It's 22 mins, so feel free to skip through it.

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 Tokinj approved said

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I am on the floor

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 MightyHealthy2 said
These things are actually eaten in japan. This channel i follow on YT (Travel Thirsty) Shows prep meals of exotic seafood.



It's 22 mins, so feel free to skip through it.

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This is different than geoduck, that's a clam

This is a worm
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Drake's Beach

between this, Camp Flog Gnaw, and the recent party invite check at the door, that's a 3-peat sign for better times to come for music in the new decade.
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 2 months ago '14        #23
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Birdman serves these instead of lobsters on stunna island
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 Rockstar718 said
This is different than geoduck, that's a clam

This is a worm
Oh sh*t! My bad. I saw that & thought it was those. Clearly slow on my end, good look.

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Probably what a famous hoe's DMs look like.

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