A new age of barnacles

Do you know where you belong? How do you decide to “settle down” and make a home?

For answers, consider the life of barnacles, contemplated in the July/August issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. The barnacle goose makes a not unrelated appearance.

Barnacles have a curious scientific history, from confusion about their identity (mollusk or bird?) to Charles Darwin’s eight-year obsession with the phase-shifting and sex-mixing class to current research on the medical promise of their cement.