Blue blistering barnacles – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

Forty years ago my nature notebooks show that I wasn’t just observing the natural world but I was prodding it and poking it as well to see what would happen. I was listening to barnacles crackling and watching them react to touch. It’s obvious now, with hindsight, that just six years later I would be starting at Oxford University studying animal biology, but back then I was blissfully unaware, lost in a world of tiny creatures.

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

Westray is also full of barnacles. Today I have long trousers on so the barnacles aren’t quite the danger that they were to me forty years ago. I want to listen to them to see if they crackle.

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

And they do.

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