Oyster Blog — Clams

May 14, 2008: Polite ways to describe a geoduck:

Clams

Appearance: 1. "Like the leathery snout of an aardvark" 2. an "eye-catching," "monster . . . thing, of incredible longevity, with a certain . . . charisma." 3. a "homely" "behemoth of the beach" Texture of neck when live: 4. "much like the skin of your elbow when your arm is straightened" Taste: 5. Like the lobster of the clam family. 6. Rich without being at all fishy. Fresh, crisp. Surprisingly delicious. There's a lot of geoduck information out on the triple-W. Some of our favorites, which we quoted above (#1 and 2): this Seattle Times story, and a CDNN...

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Apr 25, 2008: Colorful Clam Shells

Clams

 

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Apr 16, 2008: Gooeyduck

Clams Tideflat Critters

The geoduck clam is the biggest clam in the world. Pictured here is a teensy two year old, but they can live to be 150 years old, or older. They frequently weigh more than 5 pounds. And yes, they're ridiculous. Geoduck live deep in the sand, and while they can retract their neck to avoid predators, they can't retreat completely into their shells, like horseclams can. One geoduck with broken shell, two horseclams. Eye of horseclam Disco Duck

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Mar 7, 2008: Happy Clam Trails

Clams Oysters Tideflat Critters

  According to the Principia Cybernetica Project's definition of happiness, happy people are characterized by the belief that they are able to control their situation, whereas unhappy people tend to believe that they are a toy of fate. Yet another reason to associate clams with happiness: clams, unlike oysters, can move when they're feeling crowded, bored, threatened by a moon snail, or fed-up with their neighbors. They use their foot:   to drag themselves across the tideflats and to dig a new hole. As you walk across the beach you can see little trails in the sand where a clam...

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Mar 6, 2008: Moon Snail v. Butter Clam

Clams Tideflat Critters

  As mentioned in the last post, moon snails enjoy snacking on native butter clams. Tangent: humans also enjoy snacking on butter clams... they make amazing chowder, fritters, and clam strips. Grandpa Bart likes them sliced in half and deep fried in the shell. But because butter clams require more work than the simple-to-cook and delicious Manila steamer clams, they don't sell well in the retail store. But if you want to try butter clams yourself, let us know and we'll dig some for you! But for moon snails, butter clams make more sense, because they're bigger and meatier than...

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