Images of species taken at Sennen Cove, Penwith, Cornwall, 08.06.11 and 18.09.11; and of the same animals in a marine tank 08.06.11.
Scientific and European Names:
Dosima fascicularis, Buoy barnacle, Geplooide eendemossel,
Animals found with floats have drifted on their own or in groups across the Atlantic with the Gulf Stream and on prevailing winds. Buoy barnacles can also be found on flotsam without floats as seen in some of the images above. You can often tell where the flotsam has come from as sometimes there are marks on the objects or in the case of some of the above images, where the barnacles were found on a buoy thats commonly used on the east coast of America to mark lobster pots / traps.
The lobster trap buoy shown in the image above has two types of barnacles living on it, Buoy barnacles and Common goose barnacles, Lepas anatifera. Dosima can also be found with Lepas pectinata on flotsam and Egg wrack. See Lepas pectinata.