Henry meets a rare visitor in Kilmore

By Amy Lewis

Published 13/01/2016 | 00:00

Henry with his unusual discovery. Inset: Up close and personal with the Goose Barnacle.
Henry with his unusual discovery. Inset: Up close and personal with the Goose Barnacle.
Henry with his unusual discovery. Inset: Up close and personal with the Goose Barnacle.

Killinick native Henry O'Kane fell upon a rare and unusual guest recently when he went walking with his mother in Kilmore Quay.

The nine-year-old, who has a keen interest in marine life, was immediately struck by the exotic Goose Barnacle when he spotted it on the rocks in a carpark near the playground. According to his mother Michelle, the pair of them did not know what it was when they found it.

'Henry was very excited about it as we had never seen anything like it! It was something we had never come across during our various walks on Wexford beaches,' she said.

After taking several photographs, asking around locally and conducting some research, they discovered that it was most likely Pollicipes, better known as a Goose Barnacle. The species is usually found on the Pacific Coast of Chile stretching up to North America and occasionally, on the rocky shores of the North East Atlantic Ocean.

Through further reading, the pair also discovered that the Goose Barnacle is also a prized and rare delicacy on the Iberian Peninsula.

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