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did someone pee in my racor?

Hey everyone
Jokes aside, I've just purchased my first boat and therefore my first diesel engine and I know nothing about it. The boat is an Islander 36 with a 42hp Pathfinder engine. Both are 1982 models. We've owned the boat for 2 months and ran the diesel more than 2 dozen times. It starts up and runs beautifully in my unknowing opinion. Now in trying to familiarize myself with the workings of the beast beneath the steps, I've got questions.

There was liquid in the bowl of my Racor 500fg, so I did what I thought was right and removed this plug from the bottom of the filter's bowl.

It drained quite a lot of stuff. Most of which, in my limited knowledge, looked and smelled like diesel.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't supposed to do this. What kind of problem do I have here?
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