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A strange phenomena has seen thousands of ten-inch “penis fish” wash up on an Argentinean beach.
The beaches of Multillar, which is located north of Rio Grande, were covered in the gloomy sea worms, scientifically known as urechis unicinctus and have a likeness to a male’s appendage.
The critters arrived onto the shores on Monday afternoon following a severe storm. This is not an uncommon occurrence in Argentina; in the past, after excessive rain, stacks of the sea worms have lined the southern coast of the nation.
Locals captured images of the about ten-inch long phallic looking creatures along the seashore earlier this week with many finding the display amusing.
The sea worms have previously washed up in large numbers on beaches in California and Argentina and in in 2019, thousands of the sea worms washed up on a Californian beach.
The worms enjoy burrowing in the sand, but storms and ocean swells may easily cause them to veer off course and arrive on beaches and land.
The creatures, sometimes known as “the fat innkeeper worm,” make a U-shaped tunnel on the sea floor that is left open for other species to move inside, hence the name.
The organisms have been present for 300 million years, according to fossil data. A single urechis unicinctus, which has a lifespan of up to 25 years, is frequently pursued by otters, sharks, seagulls, bigger fish, and people.
Due to its high content of amino acids, the species has achieved special reputation in Asia where they are consumed raw for their therapeutic advantages.
At wet markets, where clients may exactly choose the one they want, they are typically sold alive and they they are said to have a mild flavour with the texture similar to the delicacy of clams.
While eating sea worms uncooked is traditional in most Asian nations, certain parts of China choose to dehydrate the critters so they may be stored for longer before rehydrating the ‘penis fish‘ when they wish to be consumed.
As well as this the sea worms are a highly prized delicacy in Japan, where sashimi is prepared by adding soy sauce and vinegar. DELICIOUS!