The LARGEST Barnacles I’ve Ever Seen IN All My Years At The Dock

I never knew there was a fleshy animal living inside the razor sharp barnacle enclosures.  Tuffy brought this cluster of barnacles that had grown around a black fishing net float. In many of the pictures I included a quarter so you can get an idea of the scale of these humongous creatures.  I also got some pretty decent video of the creatures opening their enclosures and the organism alive coming in and out of it.  It’s straight out of Aliens.  There are many pictures on the Barnacle Wikipedia page but nothing like these. It is a very comprehensive wiki page and interesting reading about the life cycle,adult anatomy and fossil records of barnacles.

From Wikipedia-

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia-

Thyrostraca, Cirrhopoda (meaning “curl-footed”), Cirrhipoda, and Cirrhipedia.

A barnacle is a type of arthropod belonging to infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. Barnacles are exclusively marine, and tend to live in shallow and tidal waters, typically in erosive settings. They are sessile suspension feeders, and have two nektonic larval stages. Around 1,220 barnacle species are currently known.[1] The name “Cirripedia” is Latin, meaning “curl-footed”.

Click on any of the pictures for the full sized versions- especially the first one where you can really see the moving organism. Video coming tonight





For comparisons sake look at the size of these barnacles which are more common and grow on our lobster traps.  For scale the yellow wire they are attached to is less than a half a centimeter thick-








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13 Responses to The LARGEST Barnacles I’ve Ever Seen IN All My Years At The Dock

  1. starsquiggle says:

    they are wicked scary..

  2. H A Lind says:

    They are exquisity beautiful! Gems of the sea.

  3. Rob Hall says:

    Okay, time to dip them in some corn meal batter and deep fry ‘em.

  4. Kevin, aka 'kevinshoots' says:

    They eat boats (and anything else that gets in their way) !@#$%

  5. Devera says:

    The first photo, wonderful photo – looks like such a shy delicate alien creature looking us over.

  6. bowsprite says:

    soy sauce, sherry, ginger, scallions. steam.

  7. linctrav says:

    Seriously, has anyone ever eaten one of these creatures? I only smashed ‘em for bait when I was a kid.

  8. lobsterlady says:

    OMG Joey, Such phenomenal pictures. You deserve a prize for these. I love barnacles. If I ever found any like this I would puy it on my bookcase with all my lobsta , pirate, lighthouse & shell stuff and cherish it. Beautiful job.

  9. MEGGA says:

    I no longer feel safe going into the ocean knowing there is baseball size clusters of flesh eating creatures lurking beneath the waters surface…

    How long before they grow to man eating proportions?. I hope we never find out.

  10. Karen Hilton says:

    Love these pics, spectacular! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Charles says:

    Pour white vinegar on them to make them die. The white vinegar is safe to use.

  12. Angela says:

    It makes me wounder do they hurt the whales the way they embed themselves in their skins.Love the pictures. Without people like you we would not see the wonders of the world. Thankyou.

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