As for drying out, where a limpet lives affects what type of shell they have. Those that latch on to higher rock have higher shells, which serve to allow a larger reserve of breathing water at low tide. Those that latch onto lower rocks do not have to worry about drying out, but have flatter shells that decrease resistance against the forceful surf.
Limpets’ main predators are carnivorous snails (like whelks), and again their shell is what serves to protect them. Limpets employ the same amount of force they do to cling to vertical rock to try to trap their attackers, which can be an effective method of self defense.
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