Chiton or Los Quitones or Chiton virgulatus
Not to be confused with Chitin… “a long-chain polymer of a N-acetylglucosamine, a derivative of glucose,” which is what I looked up trying to find this weird creature. I remembered it from childhood but couldn’t exactly remember it’s name.
Although 15 species of chitons have been recorded in Baja their basic ecology is poorly known. Most chitons are grazers and it’s believed that their diet consists mainly of algeas.
Watching the manner in which they moved I expected to see legs under the shell. Nope, Chitons are mollusk and are built like snails.
If you’re like me, you can’t get enough so here are a few videos to watch various varieties in action. They’re really pretty amazing little beasties.