OMG: Giant 'penis fish' at US aquarium has the internet startled

Visiting an aquarium is a one of kind experience. From parents and teachers taking kids on a trip to explain what lies beneath the surface of the ocean, to marine explorers getting nostalgic about their encounters, this touristy outing is a glass-caged utopia.

However, things can get a bit awkward if you happen to do the ‘Aquaman’ pose and end up being photo-bombed by a giant fish that shares an uncanny resemblance to the male genitalia. The internet was startled to see a mammoth fleshy phallic fish at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, USA, captured by Stephanie Walen, who shared them online.

The 32-year-old grocery worker stated that she received thousands of messages on social media, many who were struck with disbelief.

She said: "People were so flabbergasted and some quite mortified by my photos, I had thousands of people asking whether it's a penis or a c**kfish.

According to reports, the aquarium has a tunnel exhibit called 'Passages of the Deep' that houses a number of exotic marine lives such as sharks, rockfish, kelp forests, stingrays, etc.

In a similar incident, thousands of creatures resembling the penis washed up on a beach in California, in 2019. However, they weren't fish but fat innkeeper worms, scientifically known as Urechis caupo.

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SHOOK 😳 Thousands of these marine worms—called fat innkeeper worms, or “penis 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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According to a post by Bay Nature Magazine, "The 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."

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