Thousands of ‘Penis Fish’ Swarm Northern California Beach After Strong Storm

Fat innkeeper worms are seen in a photo taken on Feb. 15, 2015. (Credit: Ryan Bodenstein / Flickr via Creative Commons)

Fat innkeeper worms are seen in a photo taken on Feb. 15, 2015. (Credit: Ryan Bodenstein / Flickr via Creative Commons)

A phallic-looking phenomenon took over a Northern California beach last week after a strong storm uncovered thousands of fat innkeeper worms — colloquially known as penis fish — leaving them stranded on the sand.

Photographer David Ford was walking along Drake’s Beach in Marin County on Dec. 6 with his camera when he noticed a massive flock of seagulls that appeared to be munching on something on the shore.

The appearance of what the birds were eating might be enough to get a chuckle out of even the most mature beachgoer.

The seagulls were feasting on fat 10-inch-long innkeeper worms that were spread across the beach for miles. Some were clearly dead, but a few were bright red — a sign they were still alive. A stench that Ford described as “dead sea creature smell” hung in the air as the birds swarmed.

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