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Goose barnacles attached to pumice

Date: 1985
Overall: 100 x 100 x 150 mm
Medium: Barnacle, pumice
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Australian Museum
Object Name: Barnacle
Object No: 00032153
Place Manufactured:Sandon Beach

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    HistoryCommon goose barnacles are pedunculate or stalked barnacles, which
    are found worldwide cemented on to driftwood or onto branches of trees which reach
    down into these at high tide.They feed by means of feathery organs called cirri,
    which they extend through the operculum opening to trap small particles of food.

    Because they were seen floating in clumps at sea, or on branches, and because of the
    conspicuous feathery appearance of the cirri, many European people in Mediaeval
    times believed that the barnacle goose was bom from goose barnacles (hence the
    name of the latter) and that the waving cirri were the tiny wings of hatchlings. For this
    reason barnacle geese were considered to be fish andcould be eaten on Fridays, when
    Catholics abstained from meat and poultry.

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