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Clam Eating Salt On Table

The tragic death of an ancient shell while running away from the table.

You'll see the footage that allegedly showing a shell that is trying to lick the salt spilled on the table. However, it is really in a desperate attempt to escape, and this "experiment" will actually kill her, very slowly, because the salt corrodes and destroys its tissues.

What looks like a tongue actually a shell "foot", a part of the body which is usually buried in the sand. The footage shows just how it is trying to do. Having got used to stay during low tide at dry places, shell from the footage behaves as it behaved when this happens - try to bury itself in the sand where it will be safe from predators.

Shells from the type of "Arctica islandica" live up to 225 years, and this from footage is about two centuries old.

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