Do you think it could be?
iPhone 5… How bout that?
I got the answer to my Floatsam post. I was encourage to try and get some one in the know to ID what I had discovered on the beach the other morning. (Thanks Jan at http://www.ptsmarts.com/ )
I received a lot of feedback after my inquiry, this being one of them.
Don – as noted below, these are gooseneck barnacles – great photos!
Thomas Quinn, Professor
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Those are gooseneck barnacles. Because they (unlike most barnacles) rely on the turbulence of the waves to feed, they don’t survive very far from the ocean and aren’t in Puget Sound. They are common all along the west coast, though, so you don’t have to worry about invasive sea life.
If you find something else in the future that does need to be reported, you can use the contacts listed at http://wsg.washington.edu/mas/ecohealth/invasive.html for aquatic invasive species or call 1-855-WACOAST for something related to Japan Tsunami Marine Debris.
Citizen Science Educator
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368