Ornament - Medium Scallop Shell
Lightweight, pewter scallop shell ornament. The mold for this pewter casting was taken from an actual scallop shell found on Great Island, Wellfleet MA. It is 1 1/2 inches in diameter and weighs 0.3 ounce.
Scallops are gathered in the winter months from New England waters. They can be found at low tide tangled in the eelgrass and also jumping in tidal pools. In fact, scallops are the only bivalve mollusks that can jump and swim! They move by pulsing their inner muscle to clap their shells open and closed. Located on the inner edge of the shell are 30 to 40 bright blue eyes that enable the scallop to recognize change in light intensity. Although they can't see perfectly, scallops are able to see predators coming toward them.