Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Watery Wednesday

I am sharing a couple of photos I took at the aquarium in Monterey back in October while on vacation. I found them very interesting. They are a type of barnacle. I think we all know about barnacles but did you know there are more than 1,000 species of them? That was a surprise to me.
These are called goose barnacles, also called stalked barnacles or gooseneck barnacles. Young barnacles hatch from eggs and develop into free-swimming larvae that resemble tiny crabs. The young barnacles secrete a gluelike substance and attach themselves to a suitable surface. They slowly change into jellylike creatures the size of small marbles. They then secrete layers of calcium carbonate (lime), which may be yellow, red, purple, or brown. The barnacle's legs stick out like tentacles from an opening in the top of the shell. At their tips are cirri, feathery appendages that sweep plankton and other food into the mouth.

The most common ones are gooseneck barnacles and acorn barnacles, named for their shape. While Gooseneck barnacles have a stalk, which they use for attachment, acorn barnacles have no stalk - they attach themselves directly onto a surface. In Europe and North America, barnacles are eaten as a delicacy.

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35 comments:

Kay said...

Wow! I didn't know that either. All I know about barnacles is that boat owners don't like them. These photos show how pretty they can be, too.

Wenche said...

Wow, all I learned today:-) I'm fascinating off the all the things that live in the sea. Fabulous photos!

diane said...

Yippee I got into the comments again. Keeping my fingers crossed that the problem has gone. The barnacles are interesting creatures. I have seen these on the beaches among the rock pools but didn't know much about them. Thanks for the info.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Your photographs are excellent. Whenever I take aquarium pictures, they are hit or miss--most often miss. I don't find the look of the barnacles at all appetizing!

imac said...

Interesting Denise, great shots too.

Patty said...

Good morning, well it isn't watery here, but we're having a few snow flakes. And temp is now up to 16. When it gets up to around 30 we'll think it;s spring time. LOL

Denise said...

I am a little ahead of myself with Watery Wednesday. I pre-dated it and put the wrong time to open it up but then decided to leave it be.

Kay, that was the amount of my knowledge about these things. Amazing what you find out along life's highway, or at least in the aquarium ;)

Wenche, thank you. There are fascinating creatures under the sea. The more I learn about them the more I want to know. I took so many photos at this aquarium on our vacation, that there will be future posts of other interesting marine and bird life.

diane, now that makes me really happy. I'll keep my fingers crossed too.

Linda (PA_shutterbug), thank you and I had to take a lot of photos to get a good few ;) No, I can't say they look very appetizing to me either!

imac, thank you my friend.

Patty good morning to you. Woo-hoo! Heating up to 16 aye? Roll on Spring :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Denise!
Thanks so much for these beautiful pictures.Monterey Aquarium is really outstanding!
We are back to Luxembourg and I'm a little busy in these days but really happy because my son is here with us, and it's funny to pretend to be a kind of Tourist guide! :)
Hugs
Léia

Greenearth said...

You have really caught the beauty and color of this marine life. Your photos are so very special. Thank you for sharing.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Educational, but more important to me, gorgeous photos!

Linda Reeder said...

Cool! There are so many amazing creatures that we are mostly unaware of.

Happily Retired Gal said...

Beautiful photos and interesting info too.
Hugs and blessings,

Guy D said...

Wow those are amazing creatures, excellent images Denise

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

eden said...

Great shots, Denise! And thank you for sharing those interesting creatures. I even called the attention of my kids and they are so fascinated with your pictures..

James said...

Great post. Barnacles are interesting things. I would love to go to Monterey someday. I only driven through.

Carolyn Ford said...

Very interesting! The ocean is a world of its own and so beautiful. These are amazing captures of colorful ocean life.

His Unfailing Love said...

wow, these are excellent photos, it's interesting!

Hilda said...

Fantastic shots! I've never seen barnacles with stalks before. Fascinating.

Happy Watery Wednesday!

Martha Z said...

Great shots! I missed these when I visited the aquarium. I usually make a beeline for the sea otters or the jelly fish. Next time I go I'll look for these.

Ebie said...

Happy New Year Denise! What a great eye opener your new blog header is! I have been off line during the holidays and I am slowly getting back to blogging.

These are excellent shots, and a great post about the facts of the barnacles.

Thank you for a great year and friendship in blogging!

Carletta said...

I can certainly see where they get the name - nice shots Denise!
Interesting post.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Best wishes for the New Year!

Cloudia said...

Medieval scholars thought that geese began life as barnacles! Barnacle geese!



Aloha, D

Stine in Ontario said...

Fascinating! I've seen many barnacles in my time but never, NEVER knew anything about them. Wonderful post, Denise!

Regina said...

Beautiful shots! Thank you fro the info.

Regards dear Denise.

Cathy said...

Interesting.. I learned something new today.. I thought they were like a coral..

@nemonen said...

Lovely endeed!

Helena said...

Beautiful photos! I knew nothing about barnacles before reading your post, so thanks for the info!

Mumsy said...

If I am not mistaken, this must be the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California? I saw the same ball, your second photo, there two years ago.

Beautiful photos!

MedaM said...

Wonderful photos and interesting info too!

Mona Sweden said...

Very interesting. Great shots!

Denise said...

Léia, it's fun for me to know you and Cezar have been to the aquarium. How wonderful that you son is visiting. I know how happy you must be.

Greenearth, thank you for the kind words.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA they were weren't they?

Linda Reeder, very true.

Happily Retired Gal, thank you and the same to you.

Guy D, they were weren't they? Glad you enjoyed my post.

eden, thank you also. So happy you enjoyed them with your children.

James, they certainly are. I shall look forward to your photos of Monterey one day.

Carolyn Ford, thank you and I agree with you, the ocean is just full of wonders we've never even seen.

His Unfailing Love, thank you.

Hilda, glad you enjoyed them. They were new to me too.

Martha Z, thank you. The sea otters were first on my list, and then the jelly fish. I just happened upon these and was so glad I did. Fascinating things.

Ebie, thank you Ebie and the same to you. Makes me happy you like my header and thank you for saying so. Great to see you blogging again.

Carletta, indeed, and thanks so much.

Cloudia, fascinating. I'd like to read more on that. Aloha my friend.

Stine in Ontario, they were indeed and thank you.

Regina, you are very welcome :)

Cathy, it's fun finding out something new, as I did because I really didn't know much about barnacles before I took my photo. Then I went on a Google hunt :) Such a wealth of information out there.

@nemonen, thank you very much.

Helena, thank you. I am glad you enjoyed my post.

Mumsy, yes it is. We'll probably be seeing that same ball again next time we visit.

MedaM, thank you my friend.

Mona Sweden, thank you too.

Enjoyed your comments everyone, thank you so much for visiting.

eileeninmd said...

Great shot from the aqarium. The barnacles are neat looking.

Denise said...

eileeninmd, thank you so much. They were neat looking.

Dad said...

Very interesting. Here in the USA I enjoy Steve he writes similar to your writing. I mention him every day in my blog. DAD

Denise said...

Dad, thank you. I am humbled by your kindness in comparing my writing to Steve. I have long been an admirer of his blog and stellar photography.