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Gooseneck Barnacles

Gooseneck Barnacles
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Copyright: Lisa Walker (FeatherBirdLady) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 82] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-20
Categories: Crustacia, Seascape, Ocean, Sky
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 10X Optical Zoom, Compact Flash 1GB
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/537 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 10:11
Viewed: 5071
Points: 6
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From Wikipedia: Goose barnacles (suborder Lepadomorpha) are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone. They are easily recognisable by their distinctive long and muscular stalk, which is edible and is considered a delicacy in several Mediterranean countries.

Some species of goose barnacles are pelagic and are most frequently found on tidewrack on oceanic coasts. Unlike most other types of barnacles, intertidal goose barnacles depend on water motion rather than the movement of their cirri for feeding, and are therefore found only on exposed or moderately exposed coasts. In Spain and Portugal they are known as percebes and there is a percebes festival in Galicia (on Spain's Atlantic coast) every summer. Every year people are drowned as they try to collect the delicacy from wave-washed coves. Goose barnacles are generally steamed in their shells above stock or seasoned wine and served hot at the table. The outer sheath-like skin is leathery in texture, and is easily removed by pulling the 'claw' and the skin with the a thumbnail at the join. The taste is said by some to be similar to crab claws, although the texture is very different, something more akin to snails, soft and chewy, and moist, unlike crab. They are also particularly favoured in Donostia in the Basque Country.

In the days before it was realised that birds migrate, it was thought that Barnacle Geese, Branta leucopsis, developed from this crustacean, since they were never seen to nest in temperate Europe, hence the scientific and English names. The confusion was prompted by the similarities in colour and shape. Because they were often found on driftwood, it was assumed that the barnacles were attached to branches before they fell in the water. The Welsh monk Giraldus Cambrensis claimed to have seen goose barnacles in the process of turning into barnacle geese in the twelfth century.

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nice pov, TFS Ori

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-30 11:56]

Great perspective. :) This photo has some good color. I think you can get the colors to pop a bit more by adding a tad bit of contrast.

Dear Lisa,

I discovered this photo when I was trawling TrekNature for contributions for my new theme.

You are an artist with an eye for the unusual: you made a Still Live out of the ''ordinary''Barnacle - and I am sad to notice, you do no longer poste photos to TrekNature. I hope this is not due to ill health...

The unusual layout in this image is very attractive, the perfect focus displaying many details, and the natural colours an extra bonus!

Have a nice day and a good week,
Kind regards

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