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Mesmerising footage shows strange sausage-like worms dubbed 'penis fish' that are eaten raw in South Korea

February 2, 2018 5:36 PM
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Mesmerising footage has emerged of strange slimy 'penis-fish' worms pulsating.

The bizarre creatures live at the bottom of the sea and are often eaten raw with salt and sesame oil in South Korea, Japan and China.

Also known as 'fat innkeeper worms', these phallic-looking creatures 'are soft and passive, and feel like a well-cooked sausage', according to the researcher who found them.

Igor Adameyko, 37, took this footage of the chubby Urechis unicinctus worms whilst visiting a biological station in the Russian Far East.

The Swedish researcher runs a laboratory and has a passion for marine biology.

'The echiura worms are absolutely harmless to humans (possessing no teeth) and they are pleasant to touch', Dr Adameyko said.

The worms typically live in burrows in muddy and sandy parts of the sea floor.

Known as the 'fat innkeeper worm', the echiura worm is a little round worm that lives at the bottom of the sea.

These unusual and pudgy worms, Urechis unicinctus, look as gentle as they are - they're quite slow and are harmless to humans as they have no teeth.

In Asian countries such as South Korea or China, they are used as a food that can be consumed raw or cooked in different styles.

The worms typically live in burrows in muddy and sandy parts of the sea floor.

Their U-shaped burrows are also used by many other creatures as their temporary or permanent homes.

For this reason, Urechises are often called 'fat innkeeper worms'. They are also called 'penis fish' for quite an obvious reasons.

Currently researchers do not believe their cohabitants do any good for them.

The worm itself reaches around 20cm (eight inches) long but their burrows can be several feet deep.

It pumps water into its burrow by waves of muscle contractions running down its body.

Inkeeper worms eat by creating 'slime nets' that trap plankton drifting in the water.

Inkeeper worms eat by creating 'slime nets' that trap plankton drifting in the water.

Their U-shaped burrows are also used by many other creatures as their temporary or permanent homes.

'For this reason, Urechises are often called 'fat innkeeper worms' (they are also called 'penis fish' for quite an obvious reason)', said Dr Adameyko.

'So far, it does not look that their cohabitants do any good for them.

The worm itself reaches around 20cm (eight inches) long but their burrows can be several feet deep.

It pumps water into its burrow by waves of muscle contractions running down its body.

The animals in the video were collected by professional divers serving the biologists at the research station.

They were originally used for research for colleagues specialising in these groups of marine animals.

'Marine biology is my hobby, and sometimes I travel to visit my scientist friends all over the world to see what they are doing and to explore the objects they are studying', said Dr Adameyko.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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