Thursday, January 23, 2014

Clam Dunk

This post is mainly an excuse for me to show pun-based photos I took featuring my fossil clam. (Having committed myself to a “365 project”—at least one photo a day for a year—I figured taking photo-puns would be a great way to be inspired.)

[this is also a dunked clam.]

However, I feel guilty when not Talking about the Science, so I am including a Fun Bivalve Fact, even though it does not relate to clams but to scallops:

Scallops can swim by using their adductor muscles (the ones that open and close their shell) to flap their shells through the water like fins or wings. They often escape predators like starfish by doing this.

I learned this in college while doing an REU internship in Anacortes, WA. (That’s not relevant to anything; I just like remembering that internship.) I have also found a YouTube video illustrating this phenomenon: Amazing Swimming Scallops

[still a clam, not a scallop. I can't illustrate everything myself.]

{A note: I do write all text and take all pictures. Please do not reproduce either without my permission.}


biobabbler said...

LOVE the bubbles on the last shot. Wow. Reminds me of my mom's Dippity Do gel, which held air bubbles prisoner, and I found fascinating. =) Loving the simple props.

Olivia V. Ambrogio said...

Simple props are the only kind I use! :)

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