A diver captured rare photos of a ” penis fish ” and uploaded them to the delight of Internet users. Josie Jones, 48, came across this sea creature while swimming with her underwater camera at Rye Front Beach, Australia.
She spotted the phallus-shaped priapulida at the bottom of the ocean and burst out laughing, before taking some pictures. Rye freediver in Victoria then posted the images of the sea creature on his Facebook page.
One person said, “Wow, some sea animals are going to have fun with this.” Josie then replied, “You have an amazing imagination.” Another added: “It brightened up my day and that of some of my friends too.”
It is said that priapulida are sometimes referred to as “penis fish” after the scientists who discovered them noticed a similarity to the male genital organ.
Josie is an active freediver and helps clean Rye Front Beach on a regular basis. Speaking of her underwater adventures, she said, “There are little creatures like the sea cucumber that have wonderful lives”.
“I have been cleaning this beach for 10 years so I have seen the difference that cleaning has made to the water,” she said. “I dive to take pictures and document the seabed and the increase in seagrass. What I photographed was a priapulida, or “penis fish”. But only nerds have fun knowing which subspecies it is. There are over 160 species living under the pier. “
Josie is an animal lover and campaigns for the protection of local marine life. “I’m running a waste campaign called @theonlybutt. It is a social campaign that advocates for positive behavior to protect our marine environment. “
“I have received many awards for my volunteer work. I picked up over 5.6 tonnes of garbage. I love my underwater encounters, and it’s thanks to weird creatures like this that I keep the beach clean. “