Now this I'd lke to have ......

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    Weird creature measured 6ft long

    A mysterious creature horrified holidaymakers after it washed up on a beach on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. The writhing mass of tentacles, which measured at least 6ft from end to end. The barnacles – long writhing stalks or pendulates, tipped with shells – are normally found deep below the waves, but were washed up clinging to a log. This barnacle may look like a mollusc but it is in fact a crustacean related to shrimps, lobsters and crabs. The goose barnacle or percebe thrives at the ocean’s foamy edge. Slammed by boiling sea waves, laved in saline by constant saltwater surf, the percebe thrives clinging to wave-lashed crags of the sea, to coastal rocks in narrow inlets called ‘surge channels’ up which the ocean thrusts oxygen-rich waves tumbling and roiling to wash over the barnacle colonies, thus providing tiny planktonic food to be caught by the winnowing fan-like legs poking out and up from the barnacle. Barnacles attach themselves to rocks by their “heads” and feed by means of their feathery “legs.”
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    Looks like a big pipe with barnacles on it.
     
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    Wow that is a weird looking thing. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    WTF.....havent you ordered it yet bud ? :lol:

    BTW..did you get my PM
     
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    Geesh, that's unreal.
     
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    jeez! thats a funny looking thingy!
     
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    On Friday morning - I did thankx - Will wait for your boet but before my baby leaves plz let me know - lets see what else I can deplete your stock of .... I am 99% confirmed will be in jhb on the 5th of June for my uncles 80th birthday but will keep in touch
     
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    No probs, thanks for being patient..I am enjoying him anyway !!! (thinking bout it maybe I am making up excuses ;)) By the time my boet is here there will be one or two other guys I know you will like ! ;)
     
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    If you are lucky, you can even get those Goose Barnacles ALIVE in and around Durban. But a lot smaller. Small shells that got a fine feather like structure going in and out. Filter feeders. They stick to anything that did float around for a while in the water.

    Pity, all those in the picture should be dead.
     
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    Weird thing. Thanks for sharing
     
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