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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gumboot Chiton seen in tide pools by the Stornetta Public Lands

Peter Baye explored some of the tide pools at low tide at the Stornetta Public Lands. He found many wonders. One of them was a Gumboot Chiton, Cryptochiton stelleri, also called a Giant Pacific Chiton.

 And here is the underside of this large Chiton.
Gumboot Chitons eat algae, moving along rocks. They also eat sea lettuce and giant kelp. They can live up to forty years. It seems they have no predators to worry about. They are edible but apparently so unpalatable that one would have to be starving to eat it. "Rubbery" is how they are described.

To read about the wonderful Stornetta Public Lands, here's the link to a previous post:


Alexander Nava said...

Thanx! Didn't even know what the thing was that I was picking up along the central coast this weekend. My wife thought it looked like a chiton but wasn't sure. There were these cool butterfly shells all over the beach. They looked liked butterfly shells I thought they were from the animal. Then I saw one that wax decomposed with the shells exposed when you hold it you can feel the shells on its back. Cool pic thanx

Jeanne Jackson said...

There are so many unusual creatures that live in the sea. It is fun to learn about them!