Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Limpet



Good morning Tuesday, yesterday I went to my aqua class and it went ok, getting out of the pool I had to take it slow and make sure I placed my left foot flat on the step to protect the achilles tendon.

Well being Tuesday means it is Indestructible Creatures day, today's creature is something called a Limpet, another creature I have not heard of.

They are a type of snail with super strong, thick shells which make them near impossible to budge. Inside their shells they have special tongues covered with tiny teeth, which they use for scraping algae. These teeth are strengthened with iron and look like miniature daggers and they hold the record for being the hardest material known to be made by any animal or plant.

Their teeth are so hard that as they feed they actually scrape lines into the rock itself, you can spot where a limpet has been by the rows of little grooves. They cling to rocks using their powerful muscles and a kinda gluey slime.

When the tide is in they crawl around underwater and feed, when the tide is out they clamp themselves to a rock to stay damp and safe from predators.



13 comments:

Rick Watson said...

I’ve never heard of this critter. Interesting.

Chatty Crone said...

I love you are going to water aerobics I need to do that. I have not heard of that critter either.

Weekend-Windup said...

Interesting to read your post about Limpet which i have not seen or heard about them. They look pretty good.:)

Rita said...

Tough little buggers!
I'm glad the aerobics went well. :)

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

It is isn't it

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I do enjoy the aqua class, if I had the time I would go more often but only can manage two mornings a week

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Yeah I had not heard of them either

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Yeah tough indeed

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Interesting little creatures of the sea.

CWMartin said...

I've heard of the Incredible Mr Limpet, but it was a movie and he was a fish. Or Don Knotts.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

That they are

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

This made me smile

Quirky Homemaker G said...

Not sure if I've heard of them or not, but I could use a little of whatever they have in my bones, now! We should figure that out. . . to strengthen our bones. Haha!

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