Is there any way to remove small barnacles from a rock without horribly mangling the animal inside the shell? I’m doing by best to very slowly, gently peel off a few live animals so I can put them under a microscope. The very tiniest of them are incredibly delicate and I’m not sure I can help them. But the ones about half a cm across seem to leave behind an unpleasant amount of… themselves… on the rock.
I do plan on putting them all back, although I’m not sure how much it helps a sessile animal once it’s been peeled off its spot.