Story: Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans

Whale barnacle

Whale barnacle

Whale barnacles (Coronula diadema) attach themselves to the throat and belly of humpback whales. The barnacle shell is made up of a series of calcium carbonate plates. The animal lives within these, attached by its head to a bottom plate that is embedded in the skin of a whale.

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How to cite this page:

Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, 'Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans - Barnacles and copepods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/8249/whale-barnacle (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, published 12 Jun 2006