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How does a scallop differ from a clam, oyster, or mussel?

Unlike the other popular mollusks, which do not travel through the water during their adulthood, a mature scallop jet-propels itself through its brainy environment by rapidly snapping together its twin shells. To perform this feat, the scallop has a comparatively sizable and powerful abductor muscle, the only part of this mollusk that we normally buy and eat. In contrast, one consumes everything inside the shell of a clam, oyster, or mussel, intestines and all.

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