Microbial and biodiverse habitats find home on plastic marine debris

Lepas anatifera, commonly known as the pelagic gooseneck barnacle or smooth gooseneck barnacle (although they resemble bivalve molluscs, barnacles are actually filter-feeding crustaceans, related to crabs, shrimp, and lobster: Ref. Fishery Bulletin, NOAA) attached to a drifting plastic marine debris.

Samples were collected from the beach of Ocean Shores on Feb. 18, 2016.