When the scallop’s shell is gaped you can see two rows of tiny, bright blue eyes. These eyes aren’t the simple light sensitive eyes that most mollusks have, they can also sense motion. So a crab or fish trying to sneak up on one and grab some flesh before the shells close will be seen before it gets even close. And if the scallop loses an eye it simply regenerates a new one in its place.
Scallops are my favorite bivalves precisely because of the alien beauty of their rows of sapphire, eerily-humanlike eyes.
I DID NOT KNOW THIS
Wow, they just rocketed up my list of favourite animals! This looks like something you’d find on a final fantasy monster. o.O
Oooh, games should totally get on the case and make Mimics with this eye configuration ^_^
If you think these are cool, look up box jellyfish and starfish eyes! (Also, the tip of every spine on a sea urchin functions as part of one big compound eye)
Not only are scallops lined with eyes, but they can swim!
They swim by rapidly clapping their shell, exactly like in Spongebob. Here’s a video:
A ridiculous silly animal
This gorgeous, tentacular object is an American chatelaine dating back to 1887. A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. They were worn by many housekeepers during the 19th century, with each
tentaclechain fastened to a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.
I NEED THIS