KANIKA BOILED HOTATE are bivalve mollusks that make their habitat in the cold water floor; they are known to prefer solitude. Hotate is a rich source of protein, calcium, vitamins, and iron. Of these nutrients, protein, vitamin B1, and taurine are attracting attention in health foods. Taurine is particularly noteworthy as an aid to development of the eyes and the brain, to rids the body of bad cholesterol, and to reduces blood pressure. Hotate is also considered a diet food for its high-protein, low calorie content and abundant vitamins and minerals.