Slipper limpet stack

We found this slipper limpet stack on Whitstable beach earlier this week. I remember hearing about these on Springwatch– slipper limpets live in a stack with the bottom limpet fixed to a rock. The bottom one is female and all the others are male. When the bottom one dies, the next one up becomes female and the cycle continues, like some kind of bizarre game of Nature Tetris (or ‘sequential hermaphroditism’, if you want to give it it’s official name). And you thought your family was weird…

Apologies for those of you who are eating your dinner or who thought this was a nice seafood recipe of some sort. It’s not the most appetizing looking thing in the animal kingdom.

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