Razor Clam

Smooth, narrow, very elongated shell.

Usually brown with shades of green.

  
Named because it looks like a folded, antique straight razor, the Razor Clam was once used mainly as bait but is now also prized as food.

Length

8 to 15 cm (6 to 8 inches)

Weight

Varied.

Habitat

Varieties can be found on both Atlantic and Pacific coasts. In B.C., typically found only on the west coasts of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).

Fishing

Found directly beneath the surface, and easily located at low tide due to the small, distinctive breathing holes they make in the sand.

Cooking

Including in chowder is popular, also battering and pan-frying.

Notices

Beware of Red Tide or Sanitary Contamination. Check for closures at LINK.

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