Ponderous Ark, Blood Ark
Appearance: These bivalves have a heavy white shell which is deeply grooved. When alive, the shell is covered with a very thick deep brown to black layer that feels fuzzy to the touch. The hinge area is very predominant with a noticeable heart-shaped silhouette when viewed from either end.
The shells are usually much larger than those of the Asian blood arkshell clams (also described in this gallery), reaching up to 2.5 inches in width. This ark is also typically sold live. Commonly harvested in North Carolina during the process of harvesting Hardshell Clams.
Typical Range: Virginia to Texas.
Pulbic Health Significance: Approved for human consumption if properly handled and labeled or tagged.