Great Scallop

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Latin name – Pecten maximus
Size – up to 15cm long
Habitat
– clean sand and fine or sandy gravel

Scallops have numerous eyes and sensory tentacles which enables them to detect predators. They have the ability to ‘swim’ away from predators using jets of water to propel themselves. These scallops are commercially valuable and are targeted by fisherman. Dredging for scallops is very damaging to the seabed and is now banned from a small area of Lyme Bay. Diving for scallops is still permitted in the area.

Great Scallop

Great Scallop
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Scallops have numerous eyes and sensory tentacles which helps them to detect predators. Photo by Haraldseide.


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