Project Description

This Oregon triton (Fusitriton oregonensis) laying egg capsules was noticed on the underside of a large rock at the Ogden Point Breakwater in Victoria.  It’s interesting how female Oregon tritons lay their eggs in a circular pattern.  Apparently there can be up to 2000 eggs in each capsule.  A distinctive feature of the Oregon triton is its bristly shell surface.  The Oregon triton is the longest 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.