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Shield limpet masterpiece

Lottia pelta

Description:

As these limpets slowly moved and ate the algae on the bottom of this tide pool they left a cleared trail showing the path that each individual limpet took, creating a sort of abstract art that maybe only Koko the gorilla could appreciate. I thought it was pretty cool.The second pic is a tide pool only a few feet from the other one. This limpet has a highly variable shape and coloration depending on its habitat.

Habitat:

Spotted in a tide pool at a rocky beach.


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3 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 4 weeks ago

If Koko the gorilla can appreciate this, who am I to criticize 😊 Their "homing behavior" and the idea of them returning to their home scar and the shell growing to fit that place is really interesting <https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limpet...> It would be cool to see if these do that. Great shots Brian.

Brian38
Brian38 4 weeks ago

It would be interesting if I go back to this tide pool in a month and take a picture at the same place and angle.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 weeks ago

Fast forward! :D

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.33, Long: -124.49

Spotted on May 19, 2019
Submitted on May 26, 2019

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