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Chitons used in old Hawaii in rites for firstborn babies

By Susan Scott

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014

~~<p>While I was sitting on an airplane in freezing-cold Milwaukee last week, a burst of warmth came to me in an email from Andy, a Hawaii friend visiting Cali&shy;for&shy;nia. With the subject &quot;What is dat?&quot; Andy sent a photo and a note: &quot;Creature is about 5 cm (2 inches) long adhering tightly to the tidal zone in Pacific Grove (Monterey Bay). I realize you're more of a tropical ocean watcher, but maybe you know. Looks like son of trilobite.&quot;</p>
<p>It's true that I prefer my ocean watching in warm water and tropical air, but then, so do some close cousins of the creature in the picture. Andy's animal was a chiton, pronounced KITE-on.</p>
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While I was sitting on an airplane in freezing-cold Milwaukee last week, a burst of warmth came to me in an email from Andy, a Hawaii friend visiting Cali­for­nia. With the subject "What is dat?" Andy sent a photo and a note: "Creature is about 5 cm (2 inches) long adhering tightly to the tidal zone in Pacific Grove (Monterey Bay). I realize you're more of a tropical ocean watcher, but maybe you know. Looks like son of trilobite."

It's true that I prefer my ocean watching in warm water and tropical air, but then, so do some close cousins of the creature in the picture. Andy's animal was a chiton, pronounced KITE-on. Login for more...



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