We know ocean pollution is no joke when fish are turning to sex toys for their nourishment. And we're not talking Lelo Lipstick Vibrator here: a 64-year-old Norwegian fisherman found a bright orange, 16-inch dildo in a cod he was gutting last week. (It's as yet unclear whether the cod was satisfied by the toy.)
Bjorn Frilund was doing some of his usual herring fishing near his hometown of Eidsbygda, Norway when he reeled in a large, six-kilogram cod. Noticing the fish's stomach had an odd shape, he nonetheless went ahead and cut in, finding two half-digested herrings — and one large orange vibrator.
Although at first understandably shocked (disturbed? creeped out?), Frilund was soon theorizing as to the dildo's origin. It might have been thrown of a boat, he suggested to the Norwegian paper The Local, or by "a frustrated woman on a cruise" in the Barents Sea. (Frustrated by the sex toy? Before the sex toy? Who knows.)Frilund also surmised that the fish may have mistaken the "Rabbit" for a type of sea creature commonly found in that area of Norway. "Fish eat all kinds of different things. And the dildo looks like what the fish eat. We have a kind of mull-colored octopus in Norway, maybe the cod thought this was one of these and ate it," Frilund told The Local.
Either way, this clip now has a whole new meaning.
Previous instances of strange, random stuff found inside a sea animal's stomach include a human arm found inside a shark (actually, coughed up by the shark in front of a crowd of people ) in the 1930s and a bottle of Madeira wine found in a blue shark by a French fishing trawler a decade later.
More recently, in 2008, a golf ball was found inside a beached gray whale in the U.S. (clearly, it's the cods that are having all the fun).