MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –

Scallops have up to 100 eyes!

  • Their eyes rely on a concave, parabolic mirror of guanine crystals instead of a lens like other animals
  • Their eyes possess a double-layered retina, the outer retina responding most strongly to light and the inner to abrupt darkness
  • Scallops have exceptional contrast definition as well as the ability to detect changing patterns of light and motion

ScallopsMINI BION EXTRAS

  • The queen scallop shoots water like a form of jet propulsion to escape its enemies
  • The northern scallop is considered a food delicacy in Iceland, but it is difficult to cook because it keeps jumping out of the pot
  • Some scallops swim through the ocean by flapping their shell
  • The mantis shrimp has one of the most elaborate visual systems ever discovered, and can see ultraviolet and infrared light—both invisible to the human eye!
Scallops

Mantis Shrimp eyes

MINI BION

“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.