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Blue shield limpet

Lottia pelta


This was an interesting find - a colony of limpets with a blue shell. There are not any blue limpets that I could find on the internet. Fortunately in the second picture there is a limpet on the left side that revealed some of the story. It is a Shield limpet with faint ridges and revealing a blue color underneath the outer layer. I'm not sure what is causing the blue color.


Spotted on an exposed rock at low tide.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you Sukanya and Mark. It was really interesting the blue limpets only existed on the one boulder. There was a fresh water stream flowing nearby as well.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

That really is a nice blue whatever it is. Barnacle friends show no such color.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Brian...that tidal pool of yours is a treasure trove.I am submerging under a tidal wave of pure envy..
Keep posting please.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2019
Submitted on May 24, 2019

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