Barnacles are crustaceans seen minimally in the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise.
Barnacles are crustaceans mostly known and seen in their adult stage. The adult stage consists of a relatively simple organism attached to a substrate and surrounded by a usually ovoid shell with an opening in the center through which the creature feeds. Once the adult stage cements itself to a substrate, it cannot move. The larval stages of the barnacle are free-swimming, however. Things barnacles adhere to can include rocks and almost any human structure, including boats. They will even adhere to other organisms such as whales and other creatures with shells such as crabs. Barnacles are filter feeders and have "cirri" to do so, which are actually modified limbs.
In the Franchise, barnacles have no purpose other than as part of highly detailed background scenery, notably in the first movie.
In actuality, barnacles can be eaten by humans like many other crustaceans, particularly the Goose Barnacle.
Because barnacles adhere to any firm surface including human-made structures, they are often considered nuisance organisms and can deteriorate the structure. Ships need to be regularly scraped free of barnacles to maintain speed and prevent corrosion.
Barnacles are seen throughout the Franchise, including - but not limited to - the appearances below.
In particular, barnacles are clearly seen in the very first episode of Dragons: Race to the Edge - "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1", which are encrusted on the ends of clubs the Outcast Prison Gaurds use.
Barnacles briefly appear on the back of an unknown gigantic Tidal Class dragon.
|“||The Viking fleet has been grounded for the annual hull cleaning. Barnacle-blasting dragons wanted!||”|
|— School of Dragons|
In the Quest, "Gross, Cool Things", the player is invited by the Twins to visit a Tide Pool. One feature appearing in the pool may be a representation of barnacles.
Barnacles appear again in various places in the Expansion, "Rise of Stormheart".
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