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Scallops can have up to 100 eyes. 

Before you start a staring contest with the bacon-wrapped bivalve at the end of your fork, it’s worth noting that scallops served in a restaurant consist only of the invertebrate’s muscle. It’s the edge of their shell, the mantle, that’s covered with, in the case of the bay scallop, dozens of beautiful blue peepers—and they’re not merely for looks. “Scallops can see objects as well as sense movement,” says marine biologist Dan Speiser, who equates their visual acuity with that of honeybees. “Bay scallops can even detect and swim toward grass beds, where they make their homes.” Hmm, we didn’t see that one coming.  

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