Milhares de "peixes piça" aparecem misteriosamente na praia

Milhares de “peixes piça” aparecem misteriosamente na praia

Milhares de peixes que fazem realmente lembrar um pénis devido ao formato apareceram em Drakes Beach, na Califórnia, depois de uma tempestade que passou pela região. De acordo com o que reportou o Bay Nature, estes “peixes” muito caricatos não são mais do que uma espécie de verme marinho, Urechis unicinctus.

Os especialistas acreditam que devido às condições climatéricas, os vermes foram obrigados a sair dos buracos onde se encontravam e acabaram por ser levados pelas ondas, tendo ido parar à praia devido à tempestade.

Estas criaturas conseguem viver até 25 anos e passam a maior parte da sua vida no fundo do mar. Consomem bactérias, plâncton e diversas outras partículas. Se se parecem muito com mangalhos? Correcto, parecem mesmo.

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The Korean name for this curious creature is gaebul, which translates as “dog dick.” Here in the States, it’s known as the fat innkeeper worm or the penis fish. Its scientific binomial is Urechis caupo, or “viper tail tradesman.” Whatever you call the animal, you can find them in abundance at Bodega Bay, where they build burrows in the tidal mud flats. On Saturday afternoon, our small, but enthusiastic clamming/crabbing crew thrust shovels and shoulder-deep arms into that mud in pursuit of Pacific gaper clams (Tresus nuttallii), but we also pulled up at least twenty of these red rockets. We returned them to their subterranean homes – excepting those that were snatched by eager herring gulls. I learned later that the gulls were the smarter hunters; fat innkeepers are edible, and are even considered a delicacy in Korea. Still, even though we missed out on a prime opportunity to dine on dog dick, we had a successful, fun outing, encountering a number of curious species, some of which now reside my belly. ⊙ What you’re looking at here: • Fat innkeeper worm (Urechis caupo) • A ring of prominent setae on the butt end of the fat innkeeper worm (Urechis caupo) • Bay ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis) • Lewis’s moon snail (Euspira lewisii) • Bucket filled w/ Pacific gaper clams or “horsenecks” (Tresus nuttallii), white macoma or “sand clams” (Macoma secta), and Lewis’s moon snails • Red rock crabs (Cancer productus) back in the kitchen, icing after boiling ๑ ๑ ๑ ๑ ๑ #BodegaBay #gaebul #FatInnkeeperWorm #UrechisCaupo #BayGhostShrimp #NeotrypaeaCaliforniensis #LewissMoonSnail #EuspiraLewisii #PacificGgaperClam #TresusNuttallii #RedRockCrab #CancerProductus #crabbing #clamming #huntergatherer #SonomaCounty #California #naturalhistory

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