And actually it's not fish, and sea worms. The first is probably obvious, though we wouldn't fault you for some momentary confusion on that front. "Yes, the physical design of the fat innkeeper worm has some explaining to do".
"In truth, these are living denizens of our beaches rudely, yet also mercifully, mostly called "fat innkeeper worms".
Thick and bulbous on one end, with a nipple-like protrusion on the other, these marine spoon worms have the scientific name Urechis caupo, but they're more commonly known as "penis fish" or "fat innkeeper worms".
"The same phenomenon has been reported over the years at Pajaro Dunes, Moss Landing, Bodega Bay and Princeton Harbor", he said.More news: Jamia Millia Islamia students detained briefly during anti-CAB protest
Drakes Beach, California is being invaded by "penis fish".
Thousands of sausage-shaped creatures with a freakish phallic appearance have washed up on a beach after a wild storm forced them out of their underwater burrows.
"It lives in a "U-shaped" tunnel or burrow and has a unique method of eating".
Fossil evidence reveals that the creatures' U-shaped burrows have been around for more than 300 million years.More news: Head of Libya parliament says Turkey-Libyan deal invalid
"They are preyed on by otters, flounders, sharks, rays, gulls, and humans", the latter of whom eat them as sashimi, fried or grilled.
Beachgoers in Northern California have been stunned by the sight of what looks like thousands of disembodied penises washing up on the shoreline.
At present researchers don't consider their cohabitants do any good for them. The worm pumps water into its burrow by waves of muscle contractions running down its body and exists by consuming plankton which it traps in its "slime nets".
"So, whether or not you feel privileged by its presence, U. caupo is an nearly uniquely California experience, perhaps having the best claim for State Worm", Parr wrote.More news: SpaceX launches 60 more internet satellites
Once they have caught sufficient of their web they swallow it.