Limpets are hardy shellfish that can withstand storm waves and hours of sun exposure. They have a powerful muscular foot that clamps the shell to rocks, preventing moisture loss when the tide is out and anchoring the animal when the seas are rough. Limpets are herbivores, feeding on the seaweed that covers coastal rocks.
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