The discovery of a mysterious sea creature that "looks like a penis" has caused a social media storm.
Many were left in stitches after a picture was shared of the long, limp pink and white-coloured creature with white spots.
It was found by Catherine Nguyen who was walking along Tangalooma beach in Queesland, Australia with her sister.
She said she had no idea what it was and threw it back into the sea adding it was "rather soft" to touch.
Catherine sent the picture to ABC Brisbane who forwarded it to Queensland Museum where experts identified it as an Obese Sea Pen (Cavernularia obesa).
The animals are also known as Fat Sea Pen, Hair Sea Pen, Obese Sea Finger, Octocoral, Sea Cactus, Sea Feather, Sea Finger, Sea Quill.
They are around 10cm long and are widespread throughout tropical regions in the Indo-Pacific.
But the picture attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook by many who had their own theories.
One said: "Sea Pen…is?"
Another wrote: "Reminds me of a guy I knew once."
One man said: "Where do the batteries go?"
A fourth joked: "Aaaahhh yes, the Mighty Sea Pen. The adult males are 'large and in charge' and like a Navy Vessel, full of sea men."
It is not the first time unusual-looking sea creatures have gone viral.
In September, several mysterious animals washed up on a beach in North Wales.
A video showed the creepy creatures pulsating in and out of their shells and it was later revealed they could be worth up to £50,000.
Martyn Green, who discovered the creatures, said: "We were walking on the beach and she called us and said 'come back, look at this'.
"We went and had a look and it looked like something not of this world.
"It was quite an attraction for the locals."
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