Classic simplicity in grey, black, and white make barnacles beautiful! These little guys seem to stick to everything from dock posts to boat bottoms, but look a little closer…Beyond being a bit of a pain sometimes, these little guys are actually pretty cool looking!
The science bit: A barnacle, according to my former Professor Agassiz, is “a shrimp-like animal that stands on its head in a stone house kicking food into its mouth.”
Here is a poem for you about the barnacle:
It might be fun, it might be neat
If you ate dinner with your feet.
You might think it’s strange, I know,
But for a barnacle, ’tis so.
It glues its head on something hard,
And builds a stony “house,” no yard.
This house has “doors.” It must be so:
So it can hide when tides are low.
Its house can’t move. That’s true….BUT
Be careful touching: IT CAN CUT!
It does not swim, but it’s no wimp.
It’s really sort of like a shrimp.
With jointed legs and feathered feet,
It kicks in food it likes to eat.
If you see a barnacle on some driftwood,
Please be respectful, as you should.
No longer a mystery, it’s the Natural History
Of “What Befell the Shell.”