Clammy   Leave a comment

We’re in what is hopefully the last heat wave of the year, so there hasn’t been a lot going on today.  Thank goodness.  We’re certainly due a quiet day.

Slogging through the riverbed yesteday, I stopped to examine the shells in the sand.  The river is full of fresh-water clams, but most of them never get bigger than a baby’s fingernail.  I spotted one, though, that was as big as a quarter — a giant of its kind.

It was dead, for obvious reasons, but hadn’t been so for long.  Its shell still had its glossy protective coating, unlike the more normal-sized ones you can see near it.  My guess is that the long period with water in the river allowed the clams to get larger than usual.  Still, I don’t think anyone’s going to be making clam chowder out of them.

See — it was a dull day.  I’m writing about clams!

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Posted September 14, 2012 by stablewoman in Nature

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