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.
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:
Media reports will have you know that this strange animal of “unknown origins” has been “puzzling” scientists, but while it certainly looks the part, it’s actually a critter we know well. You’re looking at a cluster of Megabalanus californicus, the California barnacle.
This unidentified ‘alien’ barnacle with mussel-like appendages poking out of it was caught by crab fishermen.
Growers in Colorado have developed a powerful new strain of Marijuana by cross breeding it with a Venus Flytrap.
A video purportedly showing a strange new plant created by crossbreeding marijuana with a Venus flytrap has racked up millions of views since it was first posted to the internet in 2016:
A video shows a new species of plant created by crossbreeding marijuana 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?”:
A video purportedly documenting a new strain of marijuana that was crossbred with a Venus flytrap actually shows a barnacle.