Mystery of 'penis and testicles' found washed up on beach

'Male body part' discovered by dog on Somerset beach may have an explanation

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The mystery of a "male body part" discovered on a Somerset beach by a woman walking her dog appears to have been solved.

Julie Edwards's dog Molly came across the 'penis and testicles' while walking her dog on Brean Beach on Monday, September 25.

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The bizarre discovery sparked a lengthy police investigation.

It was eventually concluded that the item was not human and has now led to much speculation as to what it could actually be.

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Somerset Live contacted a number of marine biologists in the hope they may might be able to identify the item, but they were left baffled.

But now Joshua Davison, a local graduate in marine biology and oceanography, has come forward with what he thinks is a solution to the debate.

He said: "I saw the Somerset live article on the 'penis and testicles' creature that washed up on Brean Beach in late September.

"I'm a graduate in marine biology and oceanography and like the MBA said I cannot tell you for certain what this beastie might be, but I have a pretty good idea.

"I think that this is a Tunicate, also known as a Sea Squirt."

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Describing the sea squirt, he said: "They normally live attached to the sand or rocks below the waves and live by filtering water through their bodies.

"Out of all the invertebrates (e.g. clams, crabs, anemones) these are among the closest relatives to people that don't have backbones that you can find in the shallow water around the UK."

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Interestingly, the species could have the close link to a 'penis and testicles' that Ms Edwards originally thought it to be.

Joshua said: "Hilariously this species is called Phallusia mammillata where Phallusia is likely from the Greek Phallos, meaning penis."

The item was originally found by Julie Edwards while she was walking her dog.

Now relieved the item was not the 'penis and testicles' she originally thought it to be, she has been trying to determine the nature of the item herself.

She has also been emailed with a number of suggestions. These include a geoduck clam, a sock and a Portuguese man o' war.

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A week after making the find, Ms Edwards told Somerset Live : "My dog, who is a Basset Hound called Molly, found the body part.

"I could see she was about to roll something around. It is usually maggots or birds but I stopped her and saw it wasn't that at all.

"It definitely looked human to me. I think it was an intact penis and male testicles.

"It was upsetting more later on when you actually think that's it could be someone's relative."

Soon after Ms Edwards had come across the body part she had got in touch with a beach warden who subsequently reported the item to the police.

Police originally said what was thought to be a male body part was found on Brean Beach on September 25.

A police statement on Tuesday, September 26, said: "We were called to Warren Road in Brean at 6.40pm on Monday after an item, possibly remains, were found washed up on the beach.

"The matter has been referred to the coroner and we are carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner to determine the nature of the item."

On Friday, September 29, a police spokeswoman said: "It was first reported to us as a body part, but investigations have revealed that it might not be a human body part.

"It could be another animal, or even a mineral. It will take time to figure out what it is exactly."

Police had nothing to add on Monday, October 2.

Locals have been reacting to news of the discovery.

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One business owner, who wished not to be named, said the news was "awful" and thoughts were with the people involved.

Another anonymous local business owner said: "We do get bits and pieces washed up (on Brean beach) like Second World War bombs so it's not a massive shock."

"We just carry on with our day-to-day business", said one local resident.

In 2016, three human feet were found on separate occasions in Bath.

It was later determined that they were anatomical specimens probably used in teaching.


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