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The Limpet twins - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Limpet Twins

Limpets are a personal favourite of mine; especially with garlic. No, seriously I love the rock-licking kneecaps a great deal. Here they …

Limpet - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

For the love of Limpets

All Limpets start life as neuters and develop into males at about a year old. When they get to between 4 to …

Limpets in the crack - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Shelter

I’ve spent two entire days of my life crawling up the seashore measuring the height and diameter of limpets. The conclusion? Limpets …

Three Limpets - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Limpets on the edge

These three limpets are living on the edge. Their shells have been buffeted and battered so much by stones carried by the …

Green hair - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Green hair

This limpet has the best hair colour – a green fringe of seaweed. Beautiful.
I can also see a ghostly space among the barnacles where a companion limpet used to be. Limpets live 10 to 20 years. That one has gone to its watery grave.

Patella vulgaris

Fresh Limpet

This Limpet looks so fresh and clean but I just can’t bring myself to eat it. I think it was the way …

Limpets in the midden

Limpets in the midden

What we throw away tells a lot about us. A quick look at my bin would tell you I like an occasional …

Limpet traces

Rock licking kneecaps

Limpets. Their traces are everywhere on the stones on Westray’s beaches. The name limpet means ‘rock-licker’ and that’s what they do, with …

Pick 'n' Mix

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Top Shells, Dog Whelks, Limpets, Flat Periwinkles and pebbles litter the shore like scattered pick ‘n’ mix.