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Sally



Joined: 24 Oct 2004
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Location: Surrey

PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:30 pm    Post subject: Barnacles Reply with quote

Always seen at the high shore mark, and always described as living in this band of the shore..........
but is it because they prefer it

there for maximum time expose when tide goes out, or because they cannot survive, get a foot hold (or head hold!!) in lower shore bands.
Thoughts would be great

thanks
sally Cool
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Kate



Joined: 24 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont know the definative answer, Sally, but a thought would be that they are able to withstand the wave action where others cannot and also

that they are able to actually get a hold on the rocks and then filter from the protective 'home' when covered by the tidal waters, where other creatures are not able

to and therefore cannot compete.

Never quite know which comes first - their design that makes this possible and the fact that if they couldnt do it, they would

simply not be in existance, or that they adapted to be able to do this (because it was an area not inhabited by much else????)
Kate
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Dave



Joined: 05 Nov 2004
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Location: Bristol

PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sally Oct24th 1030: ....get a foot hold (or head hold!!)


A good point about their 'head hold'!
I

found that fascinating when found out.... adhereing their heads to the rock, building plates around their inverted bodies and then using their feet as grabbers to catch

passing particulate matter.
Dave
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shelley



Joined: 22 Nov 2004
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Location: Plymouth

PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

think they need to be close (next to eachother) to mate, so a place they can all survive bunched up in great numbers would be helpful perhaps....

maybe they 'learnt' to survive up there as is plenty (fair amount) of room as not much else does.
Shelley
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