Martyn Green, 47, and his family were on holiday on the Welsh coast, when they discovered something very unexpected on a trip to the beach. The family came across a large piece of driftwood, looking like lots of mini, Demogorgon-Esque aliens.
Martyn took videos and photos of the surreal creatures – said to be gooseneck barnacles – that can be seen flicking in and out of their shells in their tentacled appendages.
The 47-year-old took to Facebook to share his experience. He wrote, ‘Know how you all love things weird and wonderful. This gooseneck barnacle-covered log washed up on a Welsh beach yesterday. So rare. Mesmerizing to watch.’
Martyn's son had glanced up the mythical creatures to recognize what they were when they realized how worthwhile their discovery might be. Apparently, in Portugal and Spain, the barnacles are a delicacy and are sold for around $125 per pound.
Know how you all love things weird and wonderful. This gooseneck barnacle-covered log washed up on a Welsh beach yesterday. So rare. Mesmerising to watch. Gemma Green. Posted by Martyn Green on Sunday, September 6, 2020.
Martyn estimated that 2,000 of them were connected to the log so that they would be worth about $65,000. It's believed they are by far the most expensive sea creatures that you can buy.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about the discovery, Martyn said:
My wife Gemma, she found it. We were walking on the beach and she called us and said ‘come back, look at this’. We went and had a look and it looked like something not of this world. It was quite an attraction for the locals.
It turns out they are one of the most expensive sea creatures you can buy. From looking on Google I think it’s about £25 each they go for, and on the log, there were probably about 2,000 of them.
The main factor they are so costly is because they are 'extremely delicious,' according to SD Food Travel. The barnacles are usually observed in Galicia, Spain, although the area is known as the Coast of Death, so I don't think I'm going to book a trip there in the near future.
The site further explained: Harvesting the barnacles is treacherous work because of where they grow: large, slippery boulders jutting out into the ocean, exposed to the waves. One wrong move or one big wave and the best you can hope for is to slice open your hand.
Martyn didn't give the precise location of the log in an order to secure the unusual critters.
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