Project Description

This exposed Oregon triton (Fusitriton oregonensis) was on the move when I saw it at the Breakwater.  I’ve never seen the head of this animal before as usually a triton is resting when encountered, with all vulnerable areas tucked beneath its shell for protection.  I was lucky to have my camera ready just as this animal was pulling its large shell up over the edge of a rock.  A very distinctive feature of the Oregon triton is its bristly shell surface.  The Oregon Triton is the largest intertidal snail on the west coast reaching a shell length of six inches (15 cm).  Its range includes Japan as well as northern Alaska to northern Mexico.