Fascinating little creatures
Once a baby barnacle glues itself to a shell, rock, whale, turtle, boat or other object – it’s stuck there for the rest of its life.
It must be a bonus being attached to something that swims/gets buffeted about in the big seas. Barnie reaps the benefits of being introduced to new feeding grounds full of juicy plankton.
Barnacles are filter feeders and are harmless to the beasties/objects they’ve selected as their anchor. They’re merely using them either as a mode of transport or a fixed place where the tides wash in and out.
are unlikely to notice
a coat of many barnacles
Barnacles are related to crabs and lobsters, and can live for 5-10 years. They date back millions of years and are possibly one of the oldest surviving creatures on the planet.
I’ve never seen barnacles
attached to a throw-away food carton
If the carton disintegrates,
will the barnacles
lose their hold on life?