A couple of weeks ago I found a creepy and weird thing on the beach — only one. At one end was a whitish sphere, then there was a stalk. At the other end was an oval shaped pair of translucent
leaves enclosing something that wriggled and had several prickly looking legs.
The overall shape and appearance made me thing it was a plant, but the scary looking legs clearly belonged to an animal. I had no idea if the whole thing was one item, or if maybe an animal was living inside a plant.
To me. the thing just looks like something out of a horror movie. It makes my skin crawl.
I took some photos and spent time later googling, eventually concluding it must be a goose necked barnacle.
Now an article in the paper about the same creatures found further down the coast has reinforced my conclusion, and given me the official name: a Lepadidae goose barnacle.
The National Aquarium in Napier said the creatures were the Lepadidae goose barnacle.
The creatures live in the sea and filter-feed while hanging onto rocks along the foreshore.
These barnacles can be found across continents and often travel seas on driftwood. They can also be eaten …
One of the things I love about our beach is the diversity of things I find there, as I mentioned in another post: Just one octopus on the beach.