A Scallop on the half shell shows the internal parts.Add to Lightbox Download
A half-shucked Atlantic Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) shows the entire mollusk animal inside its shell. It is also called simply: Scallop, Sea scallop, Giant scallop. It is three or four times larger than the Bay scallop. The prized part is the cream colored adductor muscle which holds the bivalve together. They can live for 20 years.
NOAA describes the commercial fishing as : "The primary Atlantic sea scallop fishery operates along the Atlantic coast from the Mid-Atlantic to the US/Canada border. The scallop fishery uses predominantly paired or single scallop dredges throughout the entire range of the fishery. To a lesser extent, and mainly in the Mid-Atlantic region, the scallop fishery uses trawl gear." SCUBA divers will harvest them by hand in areas the draggers can't go, but they are typically in 80 feet of water or more.
- Janet MacCausland
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- Mollusks _other than Cephalopods