Barnacles captivate our sense of wonder and curiosity because of their amazing strength. According to fossil records, they have remained unchanged since their appearance in the world 500 million years ago. In fact, their adhesive properties have contributed to the tools of dentistry. Until the 18th century, it was believed and reported that geese were born from barnacles attached to trees and driftwood. Darwin studied them. Dickens’ characters were inspired by them. Come learn about the science, stories, and superstitions that surround the barnacles that populate our shores. Explore what barnacles teach us about attachment to home, the value of diversity, and community. Marine Biologist Barbara Krystal is currently writing an interdisciplinary dissertation, combining literature and marine biology, at the University of Washington.