On the outside, the skin has a slippery and spiky shell with six massive openings dotted around its surface.
Having seen M. californicus before, we reached out to local marine biologist Alex Warneke, who confirmed the ID after a quick look.
Minister Mathew Wallace caught the creepy crustacean while crab netting at Port Hueneme Pier, near Oxnard in California, USA, on Monday August 1.
Growers in Colorado have developed a powerful new strain of Marijuana by cross breeding it with a Venus Flytrap.
This footage was originally posted to Facebook by Matthew Wallace in August 2016 with the caption: “I would have kept it if we had a saltwater tank.” When Wallace shared a second video of this odd-looking object, he posed the question: “Are these barnacles?”:
However, rather than the results of crossbreeding marijuana with a Venus flytrap, what this video actually shows is a plain old barnacle caught off the coast of California.
The clip went viral and was eventually licensed by Cater News and shared to YouTube with a little backstory about what it depicted. The news agency reported that the “unidentified ‘alien’” barnacle was caught in a crab net off of Port Hueneme Pier near Oxnard, California:
From the various holes, organs similar to mussels and sporting what appear to be teeth shoot out from behind rainbow-coloured flaps.
Although Cater News presented this barnacle as something “unidentified” and “alien,” it’s likely a Megabalanus californicus, or a California barnacle. Marine biologist Alex Warneke talked to Earth Touch News when the video first went viral in 2016 and confirmed that description:
A video purportedly documenting a new strain of marijuana that was crossbred with a Venus flytrap actually shows a barnacle.