To Martyn Green, who saw it while vacationing with his family in Caernarfon, North Wales, the odd object his wife Gemma found looked like driftwood. When he examined it more carefully, however, Green discovered that the item was “covered with thousands of tentacled sea creatures.” To him, it looked like “something not of this world.”
The Internet search that Green and his son conducted solved the mystery of the marine animal’s identity. Gemma had found gooseneck barnacles. Green also made another discovery: his wife’s find was valuable. A delicacy in Spain and Portugal, gooseneck barnacles were worth £25 (US$ 34.82) each! Green estimated that the “driftwood” would yield about 2,000 of the barnacles—not a bad day’s catch.