Ctenoides ales has several hip nicknames, and not just because “Ctenoides ales” is goddamn impossible to pronounce. It’s the only bivalve known to have the ability to create a mesmerizing strobe light effect with its soft tissue, earning it monikers such as the disco clam, the electric flame scallop, and the electric clam, which sounds like something you’d order out of an adult catalog. We’re going to go ahead and give it a new one right now: the THOR CLAM.

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Canadian scientists have identified a new clam species off the coast of Nova Scotia in a case that stretches back three decades, involves DNA testing and is proving the ecological variety contained in Canada’s first marine protected area.

The discovery is a new species of giant file clam, although the name might be misleading as the mollusk is nine to 15 centimetres long.

“A very large specimen could fit in the palm of your hand,” says Ellen Kenchington, a federal fisheries research scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

It’s a big deal for researchers at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the Canadian Museum of Nature who published their discovery in the journal Zootaxa.

“Its not something that happens everyday,” says Kenchington who has been involved in two such discoveries in a 25-year career.

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