Saving the Tridacna gigas Clam

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Efforts are under way in the Philippines to reintroduce their waters to the "virtually extinct" Tridacna gigas or 'Giant' clam. The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute in Bolinao has been extremely successful in culturing the Tridacnas from just a few hundred to over 37,000 today. Thanks to their efforts, a first-of-its-kind clam-seeding event occured recently in Anvaya Cove when 79 Tridacna gigas were brought to their new homes near the shore.

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    Giant clams find new home in Anvaya



     
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    wow, great story Matt
    37,000 clams from a few 100. thats a success story for sure.

    that the one in the photo with the diver ist great seeing images like this as it really helps put the clams size into perspective

    Steve
     
  4. mikejrice

    mikejrice 3reef Affiliate

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    Is that the true size of these clams? It's hard to tell if it's really that big of if they shot it at a wide angle macro to make it look big in comparison to the diver.

    That is an amazing success story though.
     
  5. NU-2reef

    NU-2reef Montipora Digitata

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    great story matt. it is nice to hear my people in the philippines are doing something to save their oceans. ive heard from many of my elders back home of the days they used to be able to simply stick their head in the water and see so much life, full of fish/corals inverts etc... but now it looks like a desert under the sea

    so much blasting was done by fisherman and locals. thanks again for this matt
     
  6. loneracer05

    loneracer05 Clown Trigger

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    cool good to know future reefers will be able to see these in nature :)
     
  7. jakeh24

    jakeh24 Pajama Cardinal

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    my guess is it may be that big
    gigas clams can grow huge even in aquariums so I'm sure they can get even bigger in the wild
     
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  9. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    These bottom-dwelling behemoths are the largest mollusks on Earth, capable of reaching 4 feet (1.2 meters) in length and weighing more than 500 pounds (227 kg). They live in the warm waters of the South Pacific and Indian oceans.

    Giant Clams, Giant Clam Pictures, Giant Clam Facts - National Geographic


     
  10. Gexx

    Gexx Giant Squid

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek: JEEEZ!!! thats one big clam! glad theyre bringing them back though.