The tide was low, and it had stopped raining. The sun peeped around the clouds for a minute. I went north of the city to Orange Point; there's a muddy trail going down to a small, rocky beach. I'd never been there at low tide before.
|And the rocks go on underwater.|
In a small sandy patch, I found five Gumboot chitons. All very dead, much battered about, with all the red colouring sandpapered off. One was in slightly better shape; I took a photo.
|Giant Pacific chiton (Gumboot), Cryptochiton stelleri, belly up. Mouth to the left.|
He wasn't pretty; I processed the photo for my records, not to share. Until I looked more closely: he's carrying a passenger.
The commensal polychaete worms Arctonoe vittata or A. pulchra can sometimes be found in their pallial groove, as can the pea crab Opisthopus transversus. (WallaWalla)
|Zooming in. The crab is hiding behind his pincer. The white blobs are the gills of the chiton.|
I don't know if the crab was alive or dead. I did see another of the chitons with a dead pea crab beside it, as if it had crawled out as the chiton died.
A veces se pueden encontrar los gusanos Arctonoe vittata o A. pulchra dentro del surco paliativo, como también se encuentra el cangrejo guisante Opisthopus transversus. (WallaWalla)