The stall sells limpet shell salt shakers, small pots, short stories and drawings.

A table is set up for passers-by just outside my house in Ardvasar on Skye and sometimes on the pier where the Armadale ferry comes in.

 

Please come visit or take a look here.

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Things about limpets in no particular order 

1. You can tell by the way they cling to rocks that they are preparing for the worst, having learned from mistakes made millions of years ago. It is a good idea to sit and watch and learn from them.

2. Limpets can read vibrations, they know what is approaching.

3. They possess a muscle so strong they cannot be easily be detached from the rock. Unlike me, my opinions and thoughts.

4. A limpet keeps with it at all times a tiny pocket of salty water so as not to dry out.

5. Limpets often wear away a patch on the rock where they sit which fits the shape of their shell exactly. This patch is called the home scar and you can often find these on the rocks where limpets have been living.  

6. It is important not to try to remove a limpet from its patch on the rock. If it can't find its way back to its home scar it will probably die.

7. They have three distinct regions; the head-foot which facilitates locomotion and sensory reception, the visceral mass comprising the digestive, circulatory, excretory, and reproductive systems, and the mantle surrounding the visceral mass.

8. Performance engineers are thinking about creating better and more robust vehicles like bicycles, boats, and race cars out of limpet teeth in the near future. I can’t wait....

9. Common limpets move around during the first few years of life, then settle in one home for the remainder of their lives.

10. When true limpets are fully clamped down, it is impossible to remove them from the rock using brute force alone, you must engage them in conversation. The limpet will not listen and instead will allow itself to be destroyed rather than stop clinging to its rock.