Coastal Curiosity's Camouflage Champion : Chitons

Hidden across most UK shore lines you will be able to find cleverly camouflaged chitons - these rock-dwelling molluscs are sometimes called 'coat-of-mail shells’ due to their armour like shells. These shells act like a coat of armour to protect the chiton from predation and wave action on the low intertidal. 

If you turn a chiton up-side-down, you will see a big muscular foot which they use to stick to the rock like a limpet! They also have a structure called a radula which has many rows of teeth that scrape off prey items such as algae and other small organisms from rocks. 

Keep your eyes peeled for these champion camouflagers on your next survey!