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Clinocardium nuttallii is a large edible saltwater clam. It has brilliantly evolved over time to deter seagulls from eating it with a thick shell and grooves that interlock keeping the shell margin from slipping when dropped or squeezed.
Spotted at a sandy beach near the Makah Tribal Marina at Neah Bay.
Native to the coastlines of California and the Pacific Northwest, this species can be found from the Bering Sea to Southern California and has been used by the indigenous peoples of California and the Pacific Northwest as food. (Wikipedia)