Here’s What Happens When You Put A Clam On The Table And Put Salt Around It (Video)

Here’s What Happens When You Put A Clam On The Table And Put Salt Around It (Video)

Video footage of a clam opening up on a kitchen table to ‘lick’ salt off the surface has gone viral. There is just one problem with this popular description of the clip below: It’s not true.

Here's What Happens When You Put A Clam On The Table And Put Salt Around It (Video)

Here’s What Happens When You Put A Clam On The Table And Put Salt Around It (Video)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Miriam Goldstein told io9 that the clam in the viral clip is not actually using its tongue to lick the salt – it is using its foot to try to find a place to dig.

Clams eat by filtering dissolved food particles through their gills – that’s not what was happening here.


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