Friday, 27 January 2017

Limpets are “Busy Little Construction Workers of the Seashore”

Image courtesy of Tango22, Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

Limpets or marine snails might not look very brainy but a recent report issued by Trinity College Dublin describes them as “busy little construction workers of the seashore.”

The brief report goes on to say:

Limpets frequently suffer damage at the apex of their conical shells, but rather than drying out due to dehydration or getting picked off like sitting ducks by dinner-hungry predators such as seagulls, the hard-working creatures quickly patch over small holes with new biological building material from within.

Incredibly, these repaired shells turned out to be just as strong as the originals when subjected to impacts from rocks

There is a huge distinction between the Darwinian world with its blind watchmaker and the real world where intelligent design is evident in most if not all details.


Trinity College Dublin. 2017. ‘Marine repairmen’ – little limpets are construction workers of the seashore (19 January).