Project Description

As I was nearing the end of a dive and heading to shallower water, I noticed the large siphon of a Pacific gaper (Tresus nuttalli) extending out of the sand.  The siphon of this clam can be peach or tan in colour.  On the large pads near the end of the siphon, algae can often take hold and grow.  The Pacific gaper has two shell valves that can reach 8.8 inches (22.5 cm) in length, and a range from central Alaska to northern Mexico.