Focusing on the Details: Thatched Barnacles

Dropping down on a new reach of shore is disorienting enough that it takes a while to shake it off. It’s not unusual to arrive with questions about how and where to proceed. (Most of these, with a bit of planning, can be answered in advance). Once I’m on a new shore, all preparation seems…

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Barnacles On Top of Barnacles

There are a lot of impacts in the exposed surf zone and barnacles are always breaking away from their rocky homes and washing up on the sandy beaches.  These thatched barnacles, Semibalanus cariosus, the ones piled one upon the other, are among the most common barnacle finds on TOS beaches.  They can get pretty densely…

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