Bivalves

Clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, cockles

Butter clam

Clams will often spurt streams of water when disturbed at low tide as they retract their siphons into the sand.

Littleneck clam

Softshell clam

Manila clam

Razor clam

Purple mahogany-clam (savoury clam)

Olympia oyster

Pacific Japanese oyster

Oyster connoisseurs take pride in distinguishing the different tastes that result from the food and ocean conditions of various regions of harvest.

Pacific blue mussel

A mussel will filter 40-55 litres (10-15 gallons) of water a day, consuming virtually everything in it.

California mussel

Northern horse mussel

Mussels are attached by a bundle of tough, brown fibers called byssal threads or byssus, more commonly known as the beard. A horse mussel may have more than 50,000 threads in its beard!

Purple-hinge rock scallop

Scallop shells are prized by collectors worldwide. Our Pacific scallops are among the largest in the world. The scallop has been captured in many works of art, decorated buildings and was often used...

Weathervane scallop

When scallop shells gape, a series of jewel-like eyes are found around the edge of the mantle. These eyes detect shadows and movements of potential predators allowing the scallop to shut its shells...

Spiny pink scallop

Smooth pink scallop

Baltic macoma clam

Bent-nose macoma clam

Nuttall's heart cockle

Cockles are found worldwide and often called "heart-clams" because they are heart shaped when viewed from the side. Live cockles can be found by their siphons protruding from the sand, appearing like...

Fat horse clam

Horse (meaning large) or gaper clams (because their shells do not close completely where the siphon protrudes) have also been called "summer clams" because Native peoples harvested and dried them in...

Pacific horse clam