An ordinary clam doing what appears to be an extraordinarily strange act has made it a celebrity, as thousands of people have watched the creature lap up a pinch of salt.
A video of the animal's antics has accrued nearly 200,000 views as people cannot figure out what has caused the clam to season itself.
The clam sits on a dinner table with salt scattered around it until a cream, pulpy 'tongue' emerges from its shell, appearing to take a sample of its salty surroundings.
The sea creature's 'tongue' slowly creeps out of the shell and taps down on the table, elongating till it is nearly a full body-length away.
It rescinds, dripping with moisture, before dipping back out for more.
The MailOnline spoke to Miriam Goldstein, a graduate student of oceanography at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, to find out what on earth this clam is up to.
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