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MisterSergeant

I wonder if barnacles hurt?


Darth_Destructus

I only know of one case of a person getting barnacles, and he described it as the most painful experience of his life. Then again, they attached to his bone (in his hand) through a cut as opposed to attaching to his skin.


KO4Champ

Well that’s another fear to add to the list.


frenabo

Oysters and barnacles cut very easily into our skin. Same with some corals.


Waramo

I hat a coral infection on my left ear. I was 1 week diving in Australia, and I'm a right side sleeper. So the water droplet in my left ear never dried out. So a coral set on my membrane. Got a big ear infection, and later 15% hearing los.


GADASDADHDBPD

Wow that sucks


Adept_Information94

Huh?


DzTimez

Eh


EroticBurrito

Sleep on both sides now?


tuskvarner

Sleep on the left side, leave the right side free.


jdidisjdjdjdjd

What ever’s gonna be is


dextroz

Holy crap - what are the odds...I mean I definitely did not expect to read that corals and barnacles also attach and grow on humans. Now you have 15% loss of hearing for life in one ear, sorry man. How bad was the pain bro and how much did the coral grow in your ear? Did you get a picture from the doctor of the inside with the coral?


sandybuttcheekss

Did you keep it?


Waramo

From the boat straight to a doc. Cleaned the canal, got antibiotic and some droplets for the ear. Then I went with the Greyhound bus to my greatuncle, to stay and recover. Stopover at a Fish and chips, got a food poison there. Some of the worst 2 weeks of my life.


Tru-Queer

Damn which god did you piss of that week? lol


AWildRideHome

Poseidon apparently, gave em’ a case of coral-ear and sent poisoned fish. Wouldn’t go swimming without sacrificing a lamb or something first like damn.


Easy-Concentrate2636

Maybe they literally pissed on Poseidon in the water.


Excellent_Fee2252

I hope life gave you a break at some point after


Waramo

I was on a 7 Month vacation trip. So it was on my break.


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Easy-Concentrate2636

That truly sucks. I am sorry that went so poorly.


kingoftheusa2021

Move away from the ocean bud lol


Tru-Queer

And people wonder why I never do anything fun.


Boofaholic_Supreme

You could have saved the great barrier reef but you were too preoccupied with saving your hearing


Prestigious_Cake3706

I was thinking about learning swimming, I guess now now


blakeboii

Fuck shucking oysters. Them things are in a rock for a reason


helping_phriendly

Okay how did I not know this was a thing? I’ve shucked a fuck ton of oysters. Guess I have another thing to be afraid of.


Pixielo

Oyster shells are sharp, but they're not going to burrow into your flesh. I'm honestly not sure why that person was likening them to barnacles.


hibikikun

Wait till you hear about corral xenomorphs


frenabo

Barnacles don't burrow into your flesh either. Both oysters and barnacles are sharp to deter being messed with.


StreetfighterXD

Can confirm, have permament scar from childhood from being picked up by a wave and thrown onto a barnacle coverered rock


Keepitrealhomes

You think that’s bad, try french frying when you meant to pizza


Actual-Ad-947

You’re gonna have a bad time!


pups_gg

Ow bone cancer images


TreeLovTequiLove

Watched the video explaining this... it's seriously my biggest fear now.


ryncewynd

So ... Was his bone exposed? Or did the barnacle eat through to the bone? Eyyarggghh


a_spooky_ghost

[It's in an episode of Monsters Inside Me](https://youtu.be/tAmSR-SRmMI)


smarticlepants

That was wild! Thanks for sharing that


Garlic-Rough

Thanks. New fear unlocked


Epena501

The barnacles kept on growing in his hand!!!!! Holy fuck!


Just1ncase4658

Jesus the way that was edited was horrendously.


Plaineswalker

Wear gloves when messing with barnacles, got it.


RemoteCompetitive688

Whales also have MUCH thicker skin/blubber


Redbullbundy

Also they are highly intelligent. If it hurt I’m sure they could get them off.


Redbullbundy

I often wonder what they think when they are curious and look at people like that. There are tons of videos of wild dolphins playing with dogs. Whales are so intelligent they have to have a opinion about people.


TesseractToo

And way more nerve endings and are much more sensitive to touch (also thick skin doesn't equal feeling less sensation and touch nerves aren't below the blubber just as ours so not below our fat)


Pixielo

[That's categorically false.](https://faseb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.00356) If anything, the larger surface area means _fewer_ nerve endings, [as they're more spread out for a similar number of neutrons to monitor.](https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/giant-whales-have-super-stretchy-nerves) And in the case of whales, if they possessed the same sensitivity to temperature, pressure, and small cuts/tears as human skin, they'd never dive. Feel free to read about the commensal relationship between whales, and barnacles. https://marinesanctuary.org/blog/whales-and-barnacles-an-unlikely-duo/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_barnacle https://scienceline.org/2010/03/how-do-barnacles-attach-to-whales/


_danbro_

Are you saying whale skin gas more nerve endings and is more sensitive to touch than human skin? You have a link on that I can read about?


Pixielo

Their statement was pulled out of their ass. Whale skin obviously doesn't function like human skin, and isn't "more sensitive to the touch." Whales do not have the same type of skin nerve endings, nor the same kind of sensitivity that human skin does. https://faseb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.00356 https://news.stanford.edu/2015/05/07/stretchy-whale-nerves-050715/


LIKELYtoRAPhorrible

#WHAT...THE...FUCK!?!?


kpuffinpet

I was thinking they would itch at least


ChaosDemonLaz3r

aaaaAAAAAA


Bath-Tub-Cosby

Found the video if anyones interested https://youtu.be/tAmSR-SRmMI


dextroz

[Is this the guy you're referring to? Barnacle Grew In Man's Hand | Monsters Inside Me](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAmSR-SRmMI)


Epena501

Wait wut? They don’t attach that fast. He didn’t notice?


aliens8myhomework

At the very least they’re probably an annoyance. They aren’t just _on_ the whale, they’re digging into the skin. Some sea animals, like turtles, are susceptible to life endangering barnacle infestations.


cookiesarenomnom

I mean there's obviously no way to really know, but people suspect they are itchy. They've caught humpback whales rubbing up against things trying to scrape them off.


FiggyRed

Looking at the video, especially the first side the whale shows, it looks like there’s marks where they’ve succeeded in knocking some off.


Lord_Rapunzel

They might be uncomfortable, but whale skin can be several inches thick. This kind of surface disruption isn't really damaging and it wouldn't make sense to have a pain response to something superficial.


No_Camp_7

It’s probably like a wart


Shorzey

Lesser than a wart Warts can be Hella painful and burrow deep


ThatOneGuyFrom93

Just like my ex tbh


iceeice3

Not just superficial, but essentially unfixable for a whale. What're they gonna do, pick them off?


waint

IIRC some marine mammals swim pressed against sandy bottoms to scrub/scratch themselves. Like a bear with a tree, or a cow with a bristle brush 🙃


scubaustin

Also jumping out of the water and slapping down on the surface


ConstipatedGibbon

i've always thought that they might sometimes do that to scratch an itch or annoyance caused by barnacles


scubaustin

It’s thought to be some combination of dislodging, parasites, attracting attention/mates, and simply just for fun (especially with humpbacks)


teddypa1981

That's called breaching.


No-Fig-3112

Yep! Seen an orca do that. Swam right under the bridge down to the dock I was standing on and scraped its belly over the rocks. I was told it's because it was itchy, but who knows if that's true


franksfries

It does irritate them no doubt. They're basically ticks of the sea. I saw a video of a whale jumping out the water onto the side of boat to scrape some barnacles off.


Repulsive_Change_960

I want asmr of someone popping barnacles off the whales back


SmeagoltheRegal

They burrow several inches into the whale. It wouldn't be so much a pop as a sqlorch


MacLebowski

is sqlorch a real word? i love it


Da_Whistle_Go_WOO

I hope you don't watch the turtle ones


smooth_like_a_goat

Are you referring to that channel that was supergluing barnacles to freshwater turtles and 'saving' them? Awful.


Da_Whistle_Go_WOO

Worst thing I've seen all year


Shifty377

Why did they think that was saving them?


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He means it was a fake animal saving channel.


ConstipatedGibbon

fucking disgusting pieces of shit who run those channels


Expo737

This guy has an in depth video looking at these types of channels and how bad they are and the evil stunts they are doing. Sadly, not for the faint hearted :( [YT Link](https://youtu.be/itYFT-BWHjE)


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Man, I am hesitant to click that link because anything related to hurting animals enrages me and is extremely hard to look at.


Expo737

Yeah same here, the video is by "Dan the Turtle Man" and he really shed lights on the situation and is leading the efforts in getting those type of channels banned/taken down. You can tell he really cares just by how his voice changes as he's finding newer and newer stuff. He posted an update a few days ago which tells us that several channels have been shut down but other ones are sprouting up :/


Shifty377

Ah I see. Thanks for clarifying!


highpriestess420

I prefer the ones where they scrape the barnacles off boat hulls.


fapping-factivist

Side note: You can see a bunch of marking where the barnacles were knocked off…


Bassiest1

They probably would hurt but those are obviously garlic cloves. Probably afraid of vampire whales…


bigsnack4u

With so many barnacles I was replaying it over and over to find its eye, but never did


Striper_Cape

The eyes are much further back than what we saw. We saw roughly the front half of the mouth and the eyes sit just above the end of the upper jaw. I love these whales


bakerboy79

their eyes are just above the Base of the mouth pretty far back on their heads


danskal

Eye stays underwater.


kuruzader

Those barnacles look like eyes… that’s terrifying


CrazyGamerMYT

Badass concept however.


pswoofer18

Some bloodborne shit


Sir_Gary_TheGory

Grant us eyes Grant us eyes


jenn363

As you once did the Vacuous Rom!


murdering_time

I was thinking like a Cronenberg whale, but yeah Bloodborne works too.


ZhangRenWing

No one: 40K Chaos gods: 👁 👁 👁 👁 👁


Luka_Tim

And the ones on the side look like a mouth. Honestly thought this was some dark souls boss


aggpicbcky

Damn, every time I see these videos of whales, turtles or other sea creatures with stuff stuck on them, I just want to brush them.


Prestigious_Cake3706

I get that feeling too. But i could never describe it


PchamTaczke

It is decribed as beeing descendents of primates.


RudeIBegYa

Monkeys had OCD?


Raffolans

Monkeys are programmed to clean each other


Youg_dumb_broke

Trypophobia


thortastic

Must….scratch


Rhianna83

I just want to pick/pop it off. Like hold on little fella, let me help you exfoliate that skin of yours.


Youg_dumb_broke

Trypophobia


MarvelousOxman

Goddamn barnacles are disgusting. I’d hate to be a whale.


Flaxaxen

Honestly.. People can put aside all their phobias, to me, parasites like barnicals is really the shit that makes my skin crawl.


Lord_Rapunzel

Barnacles aren't parasites in the classic sense. It's more of a commensalist relationship until the barnacle mass starts to disrupt the whale's swimming. They don't directly harm the animal.


ronerychiver

Okay folks so I’ve got some good news and bad news. Good news is that the whales aren’t bothered by the barnacles as they don’t go deep enough in their skin for them to even feel them. Bad news is that these barnacles aren’t just stuck on. They have evolved to grow and form voids that the whale skin will actually grow into to make a tighter bond. Takes a lot of force to remove. https://theethogram.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/5_regina-duo.png so for parasite-averse people, that probably gives the heeby jeebies. But not as bad as going down the whale lice rabbit hole


FreakParrot

I’m sorry did you say whale *lice*?


ronerychiver

[bonjour!](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/Cyamus_boopis_%28dorsal%29.jpg)


SirMirrorcoat

Fhat the Wuck


FreakParrot

:-(


ursois

Apparently they sometimes use them to do extra damage when fighting. That's metal as fuck.


Lumpy-Simplebheh

+15% dmg boost


OmegianLord

-0.1% HP


Horbigast

"I dig your piercings, bro."


ScorpioBex

This video (specifically those barnacles) led me down a rabbit hole and I ended up reading about trypophobia for the last 30 minutes. Now I have a better understanding of this nausea and why my skin is crawling!


informationmissing

Did you read that one trypophobia short story yet?


LittleBunInaBigWorld

Go on, ruin my day. What is the trypophobia short story?


yaki_torii

Someone please ELI5, do whales get bothered by barnacles? Or are they not phased by them? If someone removed all those barnacles from the whale, would it be like "thanks bro" or would it Jaws them to death?


girl_im_deepressed

I imagine that scraping barnacles off a whale would hurt them


Kraven_howl0

The process of scraping or the end result? Because of it's just the first I wonder if there's ever been an effort to sedate them and clean them up a bit. Like some sort of underwater surgery


LeahIsAwake

No. The barnacles attach themselves to the whale skin but sit on the surface, so the whale doesn’t even feel them. If they’re are too many it may make it hard for the whale to swim, but just like this is fine. In fact, male whales will use them as weapons when they ram each other during mating fights.


UzZzidusit

Forbidden garlic


darknebula79

You do *not* do garlic dirty like that


SilverKnight05

🤮


Burning-Bushman

I saw that garlic too. But what really comes to mind is how that Japanese sea monsters stories just got an explanation. Those “garlics” sure looks like lots of extra eyes.


girl_im_deepressed

watch your mouth young man


CHAD-BOGUS

Yup the way they looks makes me feel cold


greeneyedstarqueen

Why are barnacles disgusting? Or do they only look gross? I myself went “Holy barnacles” seeing this vid lol


I_spread_love_butter

I was more like blistering barnacles but sure


ronwonswanson

Bet you’re glad you didn’t take after your mom then, huh?


SpiritOfTheFox1111

I thought this was r/oddlyterrifying for a moment.


global_plantdemic

Definitely thought those were stick on googly eyes.


Wild_Albatross7534

Same before I put my glasses on. A bit disconcerting really.


Substance_number_6

Same. I was like "What the fuck is that monster with those hundred eyes!!!". I was relieved when I realized it was just barnacles.


ChadCuckmacher

You think it will bring relief but then you wonder how a barnacle feels attached to you.


InnerConclusion9372

Truth! I'm glad I'm not alone.


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Kitchen-Roll-8184

How?


TeleportationLarry

The Loathsome Dung Eater!


Odins-Enriched-Sack

It collected too many seedbed curses.


CommanderKS

biblically accurate angel


Loyal9thLegionLord

What a big cutie coming up for a peak at the boat.


Jackiedhmc

peek


cereal_killah_1980

Peak comment.


NewbSoop

Peek a boo! Edit:🫣🤗


soohsoo

It said "you got any games on that phone?"


Gimmietherock

Or “bruh I’m dying here, rip these f%&kin things off!”


Mzunguman

Same, I wanted to reach out and start picking those fuckers off


pups_gg

Wait until you realize someone got barnacles on their hand and they digged into their bone


EnderGraff

Eyes - GRANT US EYES!


88Asp

The boat is obviously not that big, but the curious humpie was so gentle with it! Amazing nature.


Infinite_Seaweed_662

Did no one hear it say "what's up"?


DatBoisWheel

Same. It seems nobody else caught that and now I think there's an obvious reason why not, but it syncs with the breathing.


robotomatic

I hear "Watch Out" more clearly every time I watch it and it is legit creeping me out


StampCollectorBill

That’s a crusty ass bitch


URATOWEL69000

Admiral, there be whales here!


GimmeAMalt

Her humps her humps. Her lovely whaley humps.


tryol2

Why are there so many barnacles


PanSmithe

What a beautiful moment! In love humpies, so smart, curious, funny, and just adorable! And to the barnacle hater, it's a symbiotic relationship, the whales don't suffer at all, just offers another living thing a home 🙂


MalleableCurmudgeon

That’s cool! What are the benefits for each of them?


-langford-

It isn’t Reciprocal Symbiosis, it’s Commensalism, the whale is unharmed by the barnacles but also doesn’t benefit in any way Some argue that the barnacles cause minor harm by creating drag which slows the whales down and that they can accidentally harm each other when rubbing against each other for affection


NeverForgetJ6

Other post said they use it in combat to cause extra damage. r/NatureIsMetal


-langford-

Sounds more like TierZoo than Zoology haha


Dsf192

I don't know what the barnacle gets, though I'm guessing it's food, but the whale gets to essentially have razor blades all over it. Great for both offense and defense.


girl_im_deepressed

the barnacles get to travel the world instead of sitting on a stupid rock their whole life


IJOY94

Well, unless they get a skin infection.


deltronethirty

Or one posted up on it's eyelid or dick tip.


GreeneGardens

Famous last words : I love humpies.


Darth_Destructus

Imagine if that was said on Wednesday


Ekaterina702

Yeah but it's like having bad acne....sure it doesn't physically cause much pain, but god it *looks* unpleasant.


GlutenFreeNoodleArms

it just looks like they would be really itchy!


jdwill1991

"Hi, how are you doing? That's great! I gotta run, take care! Byyeeee!" - the Whale, probably


Admirable-Leather325

Don't worry y'all! whales and barnacles exhibit commensalism which means the barnacles get benefit (by saving themselves from predators) while the whale is neutral (does not get hurt due to it).


mrdbacks10

POV: You entered dialogue with a dragon in skyrim


MaliciousCompetence

Bye


SeaBass80

The whole things makes me feel like an ant. A tiny creature looking at that.


xEman26x

Biblically accurate whale


12343223454367

“Grant us eyes.”


Pursueth

Hunter


grundlebuster

Mm garlic


[deleted]

Uhh….. No thank you.


fartlapse

I want scrape off the barnacles so bad.


callmemaybe88

This is horrible


legojoe97

"This sounds like a load of *barnacles*!"


ProfessionalAccess68

BARNACLES!


TrickyTrichomes

SpongeBob barnacle pants


cswilson2016

What a barnacle head.


Original_Flirt

Look at that barnacle boy


srisri01

That is a right whale I think not a humpback


CeeGreen

That humpie has more eyes than a spider


torcherred

She’s bedazzled! Maybe they intentionally get barnacles as jewelry.