Project Description

At the beginning of a dive in the shallows of Nanoose Bay this cool little spotted aglajid (Aglaja ocelligera) was noticed clinging to a brown kelp frond.  This species spends much of its time burrowing just under the sediment on the hunt for small prey.  The wide flattened head shield (top left of photo) helps this animal to burrow in the muddy sand.  The spotted aglajid has a small internal shell, and can grow to around an inch (2.5 cm) in length, with a range from southern Alaska to southern California.