Holy Goose Barnacles Batman!
I’ve walked a lot of beaches, but I’ve never come across anything like this before!
And unfortunately I still haven’t. These images were captured by Kilrane resident Kevin MacCormick (or Mac as he’s better known) ‘s he enjoyed a stroll on Ballyteige Burrow in south Wexford last week.
Kevin, a member of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, is no stranger to unusual sea-related sights, but this one had him baffled when he first spotted it.
“I saw it from a distance as I walking down the beach. I didn’t know what it was as I approached it, it was almost like a Christmas decoration from the ocean!” said Mac.
When he got up close for a proper inspection he realised that it was a large piece of washed-up wood covered in goose barnacles. I can only imagine his reaction!
“We rarely see them, I think the only time we do come across them is when they wash up after a storm. I had seen them many years ago, but there was only a very small amount of them – nothing like this,’ said Mac.
He said he was aware that goose barnacles are a delicacy in many countries, but he wasn’t tempted to indulge!
Posted on January 8, 2012, in Environment, Nature and tagged Ballyteige Burrow, Barnacles, Batman, biology, christmas decoration, Goose Barnacles, Holy, irish whale and dolphin group, Marine life, Robin, sea. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.