Do You Like Clams…Then You’ll Love This One…It’s HUGE !
The video I’m using comes from YouTube and the title is: ” Street Food in Japan: Giant Clam”and has already garnered over a whopping 5.4 million views (and counting). Coming upon a giant clam like this is a rare occurrence and I’m sure some lucky fish market shopper is going to love it. When I was a young boy living in Southern California, my Father used to take me to Long Beach, to go clam digging during the low tide. I can remember us bringing home a 2 gallon bucket filled with clams to have for dinner that evening. But a giant clam seen in the video below, is becoming a rare commodity. I personally have never seen one of these up close.
The giant clam (Tridacna gigas), known as pā’ua in Cook Islands Māori, is a clam that is the largest living bivalve mollusk. Tridacna gigas is one of the most endangered clam species. Antonio Pigafetta documented these in his journal as early as 1521. One of a number of large clam species native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, they can weigh more than 440 lbs, measure as much as 47 inches across, and have an average lifespan in the wild of over 100 years.They are also found off the shores of the Philippines, where they are called “taklobo”, and in the South China Sea in the coral reefs of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo). Tridacna gigas lives in flat coral sand or broken coral and can be found at depths of as much as 20 m (66 ft). Its range covers the Indo-Pacific, but populations are diminishing quickly and the giant clam has become extinct in many areas where it was once common. Tridacna maxima has the largest geographical distribution among giant clam species; it can be found off high- or low-elevation islands, in lagoons or fringing reefs. Its rapid growth rate is likely due to its ability to cultivate algae in its body tissue.