A chiton plate or butterfly shell held in the palm of a hand

“Butterfly shells” on Calvert Island

Found this chiton plate on Calvert Island, on the way to Koeye. Chitons (a type of mollusc) have eight over-lapping plates on their back; it’s easy to see why the plates are also called “butterfly shells”. Did you know: Chitons have magnetite-covered teeth, which is unique among animals!

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