I found a small colony of these weird looking barnacles on the Hollywood Beach near West Lake Park. All of them were attached to this little stick that washed up on the beach. They were still alive and moving around a little bit. I thought that they were some sort of clams at first, but no, they were barnacles. More surprising is the fact that barnacles are actually crurstaceans. They are related to crabs and lobsters. The start out free swimming and have two nektonic (active swimming) larval stages.
These guys turned out to be Goose barnacles (order Pedunculata). Not sure on exact specie name
Here is my, being amused by these creatures. They are so unusual. I need up throwing the stick back into the ocean. I hope these guys survive and won't wash up again on the beach.
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