Encrustration (Hasköy)

Marjolein Katsma

Groningen, Netherlands

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ferry dock, landing, pier, iskelesi, waiting, hasköy, haskoy, haliç, halic, golden horn, haliç hattı, halic hatti, golden horn line, istanbul, turkey, türkye, turkye, red, orange, pipes, mussels, mytilus, mytilus edulis, barnacles, acorn barnacles, sessilia, intertidal zone, tide, low tide, look down, perspective


Part of my The joys of waiting for the ferry collection, shot in Istanbul, October 2011. Read more about it at the intro to the series.
You could use the collection to navigate the series, or use these small thumbnails below to jump around as you like.

Ferry dock at Üsküdar   Life of a dock fender (Eminönü)   Eminönü SOS: a lifebuoy at the ferry dock   Between the ferry docks at Eminönü   Broken pattern (Eminönü)  
 
Street food - the best pilav ever at Hasköy   What people do when waiting for the ferry   Not so nautical - Hasköy ferry dock   Knot - Hasköy ferry dock   Crates at the Sütlüce ferry dock  
 
Loose pipes... - Eminönü   ...Victaulic gauges - Eminönü   Get some cash at Üsküdar   Water, wood, concrete, paint (Sütlüce)   Yet another way to wait (Sütlüce)  
 
Encrustration (Hasköy)   Waiting for the ferry passengers (Üsküdar)   Water, metal, concrete, paint (Hasköy)   The blues (Haydarpaşa)   Daily commute - crossing the Bosphorus  

While I had already seen this type of pipes before, in Eminönü, what drew my attention here (apart from that color, again!) was the big encrustration on them around the water line.

Looking closer (enlarge view!), it turns out to be a large group of mussels (Mytilus edilis , I think) with even an Acorn barnacle (Sessilia) or two having a toe hold in-between them. This told me a few things I didn’t know about the Golden Horn (Haliç). What I did know is that the Bosphorus (Boğaz) is a strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara which in turn is connected to the Mediterranean. And I’d already found out that the Golden Horn is in fact an inlet – go up it far enough and you find a river – but at its mouth in the Bosphorus it’s quite wide.

These mussels are not sweet-water mussel though, I know they grow in salty or at most brackish water, and – like the barnacles – they grow in the intertidal zone. So what this tells us is that this far from the open sea (though not all that far up the Golden Horn), tides are still being felt, and that here the water must be brackish enough for these mussels to feel happy. It seems to be low tide now, or at least half-way between low and high tide.

I love how little details can tell us so much about their environment!

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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