Although they may seem to be fixed to the rock, common limpets (Patella vulgata), a mollusk, actually move around to graze on algae during moist conditions or when they are submerged by the tide. They return to the same spot by following the mucus trail that they deposit.

learn more on Encyclopedia of Life.

Imagest: Malcolm Storey, BioImages - the Virtual Fieldguide (UK)

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    i found some of these little guys down in Key West :p
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    This is the type of sensationalized posting that pollutes the scientific integrity of those who study limpets.
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