Why God Created Donax Variabilis

Donax variabilis – that’s the scientific name for those little shiny clams that wash up on the beach and then immediately make “a dig for it.” We were in Destin last week and my daughters harvested about a hundred thousand of these things. As my girls dug into the sand chasing the little dudes they revealed villages, cities, nations of tiny clams living just below the surface – it was very Matrix like. As I watched the mayhem I wondered what could possibly be the point of such a tiny paranoid clam. And then it struck me as another mass of Donax variablilis hit the bottom of the sand buckets:

God created paranoid clams because crabs (Callinectes sapidus) bite back!


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