Scientific name: Patella vulgata
Common Limpets truly are a common sight on rocky shores all around the UK. Although clamped tight to the rock when the tide is out, they roam when the sea returns, grazing on algae with their tough tongue!
StatisticsLength: 4cm Lifespan: 10-20 years
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutThe Common Limpet lives on rocks and under stones on rocky shores all around the UK. It feeds on algae (seaweed) that grows on the rocks, using its rasping tongue to graze.
Called a Radula, this rasping tongue is the world's strongest biological structure - it has to be to constantly scrape algae off tough rocks without wearing away. Their shell is conical and greyish-white in colour.