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A Scallop's Life

A Scallop’s Life

January 14, 2009

Suspended in
the water, floating in unseen hordes, shellfish larvae are transported by wind
and tidal currents until they settle and grow into adults. But this
critical stage in the lifecycle remains largely a mystery. WHOI
researchers are working to fill in the blanks between the larval and adult stages
of shellfish, such as scallops. Such fundamental missing information is
essential for efforts to sustain and restore natural populations.

(Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)