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King scallop (Pecten maximus) opening its shell to draw in water, before closing it suddenly to jet away. The shell opening is lined with tentacles and around 30 simple eyes (dark dots). It is a bottom-dwelling filter feeder, but it can swim away by clapping its shell if it detects a predator. It inhabits shallow seas in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, from the Canary Islands to Norway. It is farmed for its flesh, but the majority of the catch is taken by dredging, which damages the ecosystem of the seabed. This specimen is in Wales, UK.
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