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.
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."