balanus. Known also
as acorn barnacle.
Known? Rather unknown. Who knows acorn barnacles? Probably
we can expect and
Though they don't know, or at least a part of them,
big part, these nice and interesting structures found
often on logs,
beams and other pieces of wood tossed by merciless waves,
like shells, and in fact being shells, but reminding
more a tent than a conch ..... a conch? no, no, never
..... a tent?
yeee...ss – a dome-like tent – an acorn-like tent . . . .
they don't know these are acorn barnacles
and have been named
so due to
their shape and look. This is
why they are not called chestnut barnacles, because
they don't look like chestnuts.
Nor nut barnacle. Nor peanut barnacle. Nor plum
are quite similar to acorns. But they don't have a cap. Do
have caps? No. Instead of caps they have have holes. So,
we may say
they have anti-caps... the reverse caps... the opposite
This hole looks a
bit like a
smoke hole. Do they have fire inside?
Oh, what a
I can see are not acorn barnacles themselves, but their
the houses they live in. And these houses are nice. I like
years ago I used to design houses quite similar to theirs.
necessarily mean its owner is nice. I don't know
they are nasty, stubborn creatures. Disgusting and
hideous. Mean and
cowardly and filthy. Rotten
to the core.
Maybe. Who knows...
is also another nice thing about
barnacles. They travel a lot. They travel constantly and
ceaseless travelling costs them nothing. Well, I mean the
They fix themselves to a piece of wood, for example (can
also sit on
a whale or a ship), and float with it. Saving huge amount
has a huge price: they
can't decide where to go.
it's fascinating. I wonder what they use this spared
energy for. I'd like to ask them, but so far I have never
living acorn barnacle. I have always met dead barnacles.
shells. Abandoned houses. Corpses... Strange, isn't it?
telling the truth it's not that difficult to barnacle
Inflate the airbed, put it on water surface, lay on it, and
And imagine you have six pairs of thoracic limbs to filter
the water. Oh, it's nothing for our powerful imagination,
also one thing that is not nice. Barnacles are never alone.
How can I, a hermit crab, like so much overcrowded colonies
barnacles? This is called a unity of opposites and barnacles
absolutely not interested in such nonsenses.