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Clam Shells

Clam Shells

Clam shells on display at the National Museum of Natural History. Bivalves as a group have taken up a variety of living quarters and lifestyles. Besides "digging" or burrowing into the sediments at the bottom, bivalves bore into hard substances, permanently attach themselves to the substrate, and in some cases even swim, as they feed and protect themselves from predators. Shell shape and body form reflect the animal's "home life".
Galleries: Molluscs, Shells, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Keywords: bivalve, district of columbia, museum of natural history, national museum of natural history, natural history, shell, shellfish, smithsonian, washington dc
Photo Location: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
Photographer: Chad Cullen
Date of Photo: 06/26/2009
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure Time: 1/250
F Number: 28/10
Original Dimensions: 2808×4211
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'27.64"N 77°1'33.45"W
Picture Number: 8132