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Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians

Bay scallops are found from Nova Scotia to the Texas and can be categorized into several subspecies. Bay scallops found in Florida usually have 17-21 ribs and are found in seagrass beds. Most animals have one mottled gray-brown shell and one white shell, while the orange variety is less abundant. Bay scallops have approximately 50 bright blue eyes. This scallop has opened its shell to reveal the gill used for respiration and filter feeding.

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