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two scallops

Two in the Hand

The two bay scallops shown here are bivalves, which is the common name for marine and freshwater molluscs. The raised annual growth rings indicate these scallops are at a harvestable age. Molluscs, an important food source, include clams oysters mussels, scallops, and many other families of molluscs that have two hinged shells. Bivalves utilize various reproductive strategies to ensure the success of future generations. Learn about Woods Hole Sea Grant current research projects here on Cape Cod that incorporate these bivalve traits at the Science Made Public talk at 2:30pm on August 16. (Photo by Erin Koenig, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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