Variegated scallops are animals of warmer waters, which are only found on Dutch beaches as fossils. These fossils date back to the Eemian, when the Netherlands had a sub-tropical climate. They are often gray-blue in color, but this is a discoloration. Live variegated scallops are namely very colorful, so that you never miss them on the beach, no matter how small they are. Young specimen are occasionally found in the Netherlands, on drifting objects. These objects usually come from southern waters or England.