Project Description

A large Oregon triton (Fusitriton oregonensis) was laying eggs on the underside of a rock ledge and looked interesting with an orange hairy tunicate attached to its shell.  Oregon tritons lay their eggs in a circular pattern and can have 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.