Appearance: The surf clam is a very large, heavy-bodied clam. Its shell measures up to seven inches in length. Coloration is olive brown to cream that may show wear at hinge revealing a cream-colored material underneath. This clam is yypically used for shucking and canning but occasionally sold live.
Typical Range: Ocean clam found commonly off the U.S. Atlantic coast from South Carolina to Nova Scotia .
Pulbic Health Significance: Approved for human consumption if properly handled and labeled or tagged.