Have’nt you sometimes wondered if your mom has eyes at the back of her head? She always seems to know you are upto, even she isn’t always looking at you…. Well, here is one creature that has eyes (several hundred of them) on its back, sides, front, in fact all around.
Meet the chiton, an undersea creature that has developed very strange armour (something that soldiers wear to protect themselves in battle). Its armour is made up of eyes, hundreds of them, arranged all around its body.
What are these creatures?
Chitons are mollusks, related to snails, clams, and octopuses. Their oval bodies are covered by a hard shell consisting of eight plates- like pieces. These plates are dotted with hundreds of tiny eyes, each smaller than a millimeter (a millimeter is one-tenth of a centimeter). Unusually the eyes are made out of a rocky substance called limestone which is why they also wear out after some time. But, hey, no problem – the chinton can grow some more!
As you may have guessed, the chinton uses its eyes like security cameras to scan the surrounding areas for danger. Since this sea creature cannot move very fast, keeping a good lookout is the only way to avoid ending up as someone else’s lunch!