|Published:||Jul 11, 2012 11:31 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 11, 2012 11:35 AM EDT|
People across the nation are marveling at the latest Internet sensation: a mollusc that seams to season itself! The question is, would you eat it after seeing it?
The video has gone viral on YouTube. The caption reads "Considerate clams flavor themselves before being eaten." But Marine Biologist Rebecca Bray told CNN that in reality, clams do this all the time when they are disturbed. Bray also said that the "tongue" we see is not a tongue at all; it's the animal's foot!
"Clams use their strong muscular tissue to bury themselves in the sand or hide from predators," she explained.
According to CNN's Jeanne Moos, the salt actually agitates the clam. Other clam YouTube sensations include a boy sprinkling salt down a clam's hole to see it surface, and someone force-feeding a potato chip to a clam.
"It would be a lot like rubbing salt on a wound. It's very sensitive tissue," Bray said.
Table salt is much more concentrated than the salt in the ocean, so it's safe to assume that this clam is not a very happy one.