(Aka Tresus nuttallii, Tresus capax, Pacific gaper, Poor man's geoduck)
Two species of saltwater clams commonly known as "horse clams" inhabit the intertidal zone of the West Coast: the Pacific gaper (T. nuttallii), which is more abundant in the South; and the fat gaper (T. capax), which is more abundant in the north. They are similar to but smaller than geoducks.
1. They are called gapers because their shells don't completely close.
2. Click here for a video that shows you how to identify and dig up a horse clam.
3. The neck is the part you eat. Click here for a video that shows you how to clean, cook, and eat a horse clam (as sashimi, for example). Note: The meat is good and makes excellent chowder.
The Horse-clam neck has a troubling resemblance to something else. I bet you some people believe that eating it has aphrodesiac qualities. I betcha.
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