QUAHOG CLAMS

The American Quahog is an edible hard-shell clam of the Atlantic coast of North America. Also known as cherrystone, littleneck  and hard-shell clam.  They have a dingy white shell about 3 to 5 inches long.

The Ocean Quahog is a very large deep water clam with a mahogany brown shell, also known as mahogany clam and black quahog.

The Quahog (Clam)  (Mercenaria mercenaria) was designated as the Official Shell of Rhode Island in 1987.

The world's oldest (formally) living animal.
In October 2007 a team of British marine biologists working north of Iceland dredged up what may have been the worlds oldest living animal -- an Ocean Quahog clam from 250 feet deep turned out to be over 405 years old.  Unfortunately they realized the clams extreme age only after they had cut through its shell to count its growth rings.
 

 

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