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Gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera) on a drifting rope, Pico, Azores, Portugal

Gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera) on a drifting rope, Pico, Azores, Portugal


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Gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera) on a drifting rope, Pico, Azores, Portugal

Gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera) on a drifting rope, Pico, Azores, Portugal, June 2009

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Rope-Riding Rockstars - Gooseneck Barnacles Take the Atlantic by Storm!

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. In this snapshot, we witness a mesmerizing spectacle of nature's acrobats - gooseneck barnacles showcasing their gravity-defying skills on a drifting rope. These daring crustaceans have transformed an ordinary piece of marine debris into their very own high-flying circus act! Hailing from the picturesque Pico Island in the Azores, Portugal, these barnacles have mastered the art of vertical living. With elegance and precision, they cling to the rope like seasoned trapeze artists, defying both ocean currents and gravity itself. Their unique appearance adds to their charm - long necks curving gracefully like swan's necks (hence their name), while sporting intricate shells that resemble tiny medieval castles. It's as if they're proudly displaying their architectural prowess for all to admire. As members of one of Europe's most exclusive arthropod groups, these gooseneck barnacles are true celebrities in the underwater world. Their presence brings life and color to temperate Atlantic waters, creating a spectacle that even WWE wrestlers would envy! Captured by renowned photographer Magnus Lundgren for Wild Wonders of Europe, this image is a testament to nature's creativity and resilience. So next time you spot some driftwood or ropes washed ashore at your local beach, take a closer look – you might just discover an enchanting performance starring these rockstar barnacles!

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