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La aparición de 'peces pene' de 25 centímetros en una playa se vuelve viral

Javier Fernandez-Caballero

Las extrañas criaturas han quedado al descubierto tras el fuerte oleaje provocado por el temporal que azota el norte de California.

17/12/2019 | Redacción JyS

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Uno de los animales. / Instagram

Tras las últimas tormentas invernales, miles de criaturas marinas con forma de pene han quedado al descubierto en Drake’s Beach, a unos 80 kilómetros de San Francisco (Estados Unidos). Se trata de gusanos marinos de unos 25 centímetros llamados gusanos posaderos o gusanos pene‘, según explica la revista Bay Nature.

Estos animales suelen estar enterrados bajo la arena, pero las recientes tormentas han provocado un fuerte oleaje que los ha dejado al descubierto.

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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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Tras el temporal, los ‘peces pene’ se han convertido en alimento para las gaviotas que habitan en la zona. Aquí otra fotografía de su presencia en las playas: