What is that? ‘Alien-like’ find that looks like a ‘mollusk with a big foot’ washes up on a beach – sparking debate about what the creatures are
- Bizarre creature clinging to a pipe on the beach on the south coast in New South Wales
- Couple discovered hundreds of tentacles resembling a ‘mollusk with a large foot’
- Animal identified as gooseneck barnacles found on beaches after strong surf
The bizarre appearance of sea creatures – resembling a ‘mollusk with a big foot’ – has led to comment online after washing dishes on a beach in New South Wales.
A few discovered hundreds of translucent tentacle-like growths covering an abandoned metal pipe that washed up on the bank of a south coast beach on Wednesdays.
“ They are definitely individual guys, but we didn’t think they were attached to any plant, nor were there any without a shell at the end, ” a curious observer wrote online alongside a photo of the unusual find.
A couple on Wednesday discovered hundreds of bright tentacles, known as Goose Barnacles, covering an abandoned metal pipe along the shore of a south coast beach (photo)
“They felt soft and fibrous, like a kind of fabric and moved independently of the wind.”
Some readers identified the creatures as gooseneck barnacles – often found on Australian beaches after strong surf.
Also known as percebes, the crustaceans are usually found in large groups clinging to rocks, wharves, piers or floating objects in search of food.
The barnacles are also well-known delicacies in countries like Spain and Portugal and can reportedly go for around $ 500 per kilo.
Gooseneck barnacles are often found on Australian beaches after strong surf (photo: stock image)
FACTS OF THE QUICK STITCH
The barnacles have a hard shell lining on the outside.
Inside, the barnacles are very crustaceans, with arched legs, which they use to trap small particles of food.
Geese barnacles live on tidal beaches and in coastal waters and oceans.
Goose Barnacles can be found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia and are also common abroad.
Credit: Australian Museum