Marine Toxin Levels on the Rise, Upcoming Digs Delayed, “Unicorn” of Clams Found

According to a press release from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), rising marine toxin levels of domoic acid will delay the first two days of a tentatively scheduled 8 day dig that was set to begin on April 24 and run through May 1.

“Domoic acid is a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae that can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The toxin has disrupted razor clam digs along Washington’s coast over the past two years”, the press release states.

Tentatively scheduled (NOT YET APPROVED) dig dates, beaches, and low tides are as:

  • April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
  • April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach
  • April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
  • April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach
  • May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach

And in other shellfish news: Scientists have FINALLY found the habitat & origin of Kuphus polythalamia, or Giant Shipworm. It’s not actually a worm at all, but the longest clam, or bivalve, on earth. Should make for some interesting chowder recipes!

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