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Mollusc news ... I'm a little partial to mothering since I've had seven "pearls" of my own. Without mollusks there'd be no pearls....so here's some news about these lowly creatures.

Molluscs, these seemingly insignificant creatures quietly and secretly produce the most glorious gems on earth....pearls.

Pearls require no cutting, polishing or enhancements. They are born beautiful and ready to bless some lucky lady or lad with their gorgeousness.

Molluscs are a time table of our earth's history, determine whether a water body is healthy or not, and are perhaps the oldest living creatures.

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The world's biggest giant clam is NOT Tridacna Gigas! 
A Giant clam history.. Here a brief description about giant clams and some valuable information about the emerging giant clam (also called Tridacna Gigas) …

New Mollusk Species Found Near Scotland 
FOUR mysterious molluscs have been discovered in the deep ­waters of the Atlantic Frontier, hundreds of miles off the ­north-west coast of Scotland, it …

Quahogs Replenished 
In 2004, the Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association teamed up with researchers at Roger Williams University to replenish Narragansett Bay’s quahog population. …

Wampum Jewelry and Quahog Pie Not rated yet
Paulla Dove Jennings said her mother Eleanor’s chowder was delicious, and that she also used to make the best quahog pie. Paulla’s sister Dawn Dove added, …

Scottish Mussel Poaching Movie Coming Out Soon Not rated yet
A new romantic comedy involves one of Scotland's most notorious forms of wildlife crime - freshwater pearl mussel poaching. Scottish Mussel's writer, director …

Mysterious Condition Killing Young Oysters Not rated yet
A pearl farm in Western Australia is investigating a mysterious condition killing young oysters and crippling the region's industry. Until about eight …

Noise Affects Baby Oysters Not rated yet
Noise Affects Baby Oysters The types we eat are among the most nutritious foods – rich in protein, zinc, iron, calcium, vitamins A and B. Oysters provide …

Pearl Farmer Sells Oyster Meat Not rated yet
FOR third-generation Kimberley pearl farmer James Brown, developing a national market for fresh pearl meat fits perfectly with the Cygnet Bay family business …

Oysters: taste of the sea Not rated yet
Thanksgiving has always meant lots of things to me: turkey gumbo, cornbread, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and oysters. I have this image emblazoned in my …

Quahog Clam Oldest Creature was 507 years old Not rated yet
When scientists inadvertently killed what turned out to be the world’s oldest living creature, it was bad enough. Now, their mistake has been compounded …

Journey of a Canadian Oyster Not rated yet
Journey of a Canadian Oyster It’s not yet 10 in the morning when Jules Frank shucks a Black Pearl oyster, tilts her head back and slides it into her …

Mother of Pearl Created in Lab Not rated yet
Mother of Pearl Created in Lab Researchers have made an artificial version of mother of pearl - a material found on the inner shell of some molluscs …

Transplanting Quahog Clams Not rated yet
Transplanting Quahog Clams Volunteers turned out on a drizzly afternoon last week to load 200 mesh onion sacks filled with quahogs onto boats, ride …

Who Grows Your Oysters? Not rated yet
Who Grows Your Oysters? If you order a dozen oysters anywhere between Montauk and New York City these days, there’s a good chance they will be Montauk …

Giant Fossilized Oyster Found Not rated yet
A giant fossilized oyster donated to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth is to have an MRI scan, to see if it contains an enormous pearl. At 17.5cm/7" …

Broken China Dishes to to Encourage Oyster Habitat Not rated yet
Dubai: When a global airline decides to deep-six discarded items no longer used on its commercial aircraft, the waste usually makes its way to a dumpster …

Some Freshwater Mussels becoming Extinct? Not rated yet
Are freshwater mussels becoming extinct? In 1891, a German immigrant founded a factory in Muscatine, Iowa that made mother-of-pearl buttons from freshwater …

UK Manx freshwater pearl mussel -- Info wanted Not rated yet
UK Manx freshwater pearl mussel -- Info wanted PEOPLE in the Isle of Man are being asked to share any information they have on the Manx freshwater pearl …

Mother-of-Pearl Nanoscale Structures Not rated yet
Mother-of-Pearl Nanoscale Structures Mother-of-pearl, also called nacre, makes up the inner shell lining of pearl mussels and some other mollusks. Pearls …

Mussels important in birth of Shoals Not rated yet
Mussels important in birth of Shoals The 53-mile stretch of the Tennessee River from west Decatur to below Seven-Mile Island in Florence once had the …

Nautilus's beauty could be its ruin Not rated yet
Nautilus's beauty could be its ruin Naturalists have long marveled at the shell of the chambered nautilus. The logarithmic spiral echoes the curved …

Scots mussels put on 'endangered' list Not rated yet
Scots mussels put on 'endangered' list SCOTTISH freshwater pearl mussels have joined giant pandas and Javan rhinos in a book listing 365 of the world's …

Fishing for Quahogs Not rated yet
Fishing for Quahogs I dug my clamming rake into the sandy mix beneath two feet of bay water. This was the time I'd drag up a clam, I told myself. …

Large number of abalone deaths reported along Sonoma Coast Not rated yet
Large number of abalone deaths reported along Sonoma Coast A large number of dead red abalone and sea stars inside coves along the Sonoma Coast have …

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Molluscs tagged for ID near Dorchester bridge Not rated yet
Molluscs tagged for ID near Dorchester bridge About 55 little molluscs now have tiny identification tags glued to their shells and have been moved half …

Are Oysters the New Sushi? Not rated yet
Are Oysters the New Sushi? Diamond Jim Brady, a jewel encrusted behemoth and turn of the 20th century social equivalent of the Kardashians, was said …

Pearl Thieves Threaten Mussels Not rated yet
Pearl Thieves Threaten Mussels In a burn in the Highlands where the water is coloured brown by peat, scientists are keeping watch over a small colony …

Freshwater pearl mussels breeding in Northumberland Not rated yet
Freshwater pearl mussels breeding in Northumberland Efforts to get "fussy" pearl mussels to breed have paid off. For the last seven years the Environment …

Conch Festival Not rated yet
7th Annual Turks & Caicos Conch Festival LET THE CONCH-E-TITION BEGIN! Join us for the premier cultural and gastronomic event in the Turks & Caicos …

Tennessee Mussels Not rated yet
Tennessee Mussels The hard-shelled mussels that proliferate on the muddy floor of the Tennessee River have for decades created an unlikely windfall …

Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival Not rated yet
Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival Saturday & Sunday October 9 – 10, 2010 See thousands of exotic and beautiful shells on display and for sale …

Giant African Land Snails Not rated yet
Giant African Land Snails Veterinary practice staff are giving away free giant African land snails after they took in more than 100 babies because a …

Quahog Wampum Not rated yet
Quahog wampum Millard, who is half Mohawk, continues the tradition of making Native American goods by hand. She polishes wampum—the purple part of …

Sea shells from the seashore on display Not rated yet
Sea shells on display Sometimes some people love ordinary things in extraordinary ways, and seashells are one of those things. It’s an uncommon love …

Raising Abalone in China Not rated yet
Raising abalone in China LOCALLY caught abalone should soon be appearing more regularly on the plates of Chinese consumers after a project to raise …

Quahog Industry Not rated yet
New rules for booming quahog industry. In April, 2009, the New Meadows Lake opened for clam harvesting for the first time since it was closed in 2005 …

New Mollusc Found Not rated yet
Marine scientists find new mollusc. A TEAM of marine scientists has chosen Coolum to present the findings of its biodiversity surveys on the shallow …

Freshwater Mussels Threatened in UK Not rated yet
Freshwater Mussels Threatened in UK ONE of the North East’s rarest creatures is under serious threat according to a conservation group. Natural England …

Abalone Shell Strength Revealed Not rated yet
Mother-of-pearl looks dainty hanging from a necklace, but this iridescent innard of abalone shells is so tough it can withstand the weight of a truck. …

Clam Chowder in Bread Bowls Not rated yet
As I’m a Northeasterner, when I hear “clam chowder” my mind immediately goes to the creamy, rich, hearty goodness that is New England Clam Chowder. This …

Quahogs...Authentic Thanksgiving Meal Not rated yet
You say you are planning an authentic Thanksgiving feast on the 26th? Well, just be sure you get all the sand out of the clams. Obviously, an authentic …

Students Push for Quahog to become official shellfish of Massachusetts. Not rated yet
Before the petite, versatile Ipswich clam bedazzled seafood lovers, the quahog “had a lot to do with keeping the early peace between” the Pilgrims and …

Quahog Republic expands with Plymouth gift shop Not rated yet
PLYMOUTH — For Erik Bevans, the Quahog Republic isn’t just the name of his waterfront restaurant on Bourne’s Mashnee Island. It’s a way of life. So …

Native American Culture Not rated yet
Lopez said she made her crafts in a variety of colors, which usually do not represent a certain tribe but reflect an individual's taste. Still, Wampanoags …

Brown Butter Baked Quahog Clams with Horseradish Hollandaise Sauce Not rated yet
Brown Butter Baked Quahog Clams Serves 4-6 2-4 Roasted Garlic Cloves, pureed 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably homemade) 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan …

Mollusk Fossils from Antarctic Not rated yet
One of the world's largest collections of fossilized mollusks from the Antarctic has been donated to the Paleontological Research Institution, a Cornell-affiliated …

Stuffed Shells - Inexpensive & Meatless Meal Not rated yet
This easy-to-fix dish is a one-dish meal with minimum preparation time. The recipe calls for frozen chopped spinach, but fresh spinach would definitely …

Pan Fried Oysters with Creole Seasoning  Not rated yet
(Enid Weaver/Coast Seafoods Co.) -- 1 quart extra-small Pacific Oysters -- 3 cups flour -- 1 1/4 teaspoons paprika -- 1 teaspoon salt -- …

Cape Cod Quahog Day Not rated yet
A clam-centric Cape Cod version of Groundhog Day happens on June 21, the first day of summer, on Cape Cod. But let’s start with the basics. The hard …

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Giant clam garden put up in Cagayan town Not rated yet
The booming tourism and fisheries industries in this town are expected to grow further as workers from government and private agencies initiated starting …

Abalone Delicacies in Shanghai Not rated yet
From June 5 to 30, the chef de cuisine of Shanghai Court, Win Hsu, will showcase his culinary skills as he prepares a series of abalone dishes in authentic …

Abalone Robbie Torrise Not rated yet
Product profile: Abalone, when cooked, is milky-moist, tender and mild, somewhat like lobster, though sweeter to the sophisticated palate. Taste-wise, …

Clams: the wonder of their reproduction Not rated yet
Gender and the rules governing reproduction are not written in stone. There is no one correct way to propagate a species. Take, for instance, the softshell …

Treasured Abalone Not rated yet
The creature looked like a simple gnarled stone - until it danced. On a recent spring day in a Mukilteo marine laboratory, a single pinto abalone rose …

Mollusks Are Vital Link in Nature's Chain of Life Not rated yet
The scientific study of mollusks is called malacology. The latest research I found identified 113 species and subspecies of freshwater mollusks in Florida. …

Life stories : Death of a 'snailsman' ends long life of study Not rated yet
It's what one reporter described as a "monster mollusk." Yet the giant, menacing invader didn't crash-land on Earth from outer space. Nor was it chiseled …

Mussels Mariniere  Not rated yet
This dish can be adapted, replacing mussels with anything available. The sauce tastes like concentrated sea-side, and whereas we use wine in this recipe, …

Galicia, Spain, to host first abalone plant  Not rated yet
The Council of the Xunta de Galicia, Spain, has approved the future establishment of the first marine and breeding farm for abalone, one of the most exclusive …

The Seashell's Inner Beauty Not rated yet
There is more to mother-of-pearl than good looks. Also called nacre, the gleaming, white material is renowned in scientific circles for its strong, yet …

New Composite Material Is Almost Better Than Mother-of-pearl Not rated yet
Researchers in ETH Zurich’s Department of Materials (D-MATL) have developed a new nacre-like composite that is twice the strength of naturally-occuring …

Shells Inspire Nano-battery Research For Cell Phones, PDAs Not rated yet
An MIT materials scientist's research on sea snails has helped transform battery technology and may end the era when cell phones die if they're dropped …

Mother-of-pearl In Highest Resolution Not rated yet
Mother-of-pearl, also known as nacre, is not just an iridescent substance whose optical characteristics impress the observer and which is often used for …

Mother-of-pearl: Classic Beauty And Remarkable Strength Not rated yet
While the shiny material of pearls and abalone shells has long been prized for its iridescence and aesthetic value in jewelry and decorations, scientists …

University Of Michigan Team Makes Synthetic Mother Of Pearl Not rated yet
It's possible to grow thin films of mother of pearl in the laboratory that are even stronger than the super-strong material that naturally lines the inside …

Mother-of-pearl From Shells Could Inspire Regeneration of Human Bones Not rated yet
Researchers from the University of Granada, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Aveiro (Portugal) have studied for the first …

NOAA Grants Endangered Species Status to Black Abalone Not rated yet
NOAA’s Fisheries Service today determined black abalone, an edible marine mollusk, should be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The …

STEAMED CLAMS AND TOMATOES WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA Not rated yet
1 9-ounce package fresh angel hair pasta 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped tomato 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper …

Enthusiastic Chef John revels in Wampanoag cooking Not rated yet
For example, he said "quahog" is the Wampanoag word for "large clam." A Wampanoag meal prepared by Chef John would include stuffed quahogs, whose texture …

Museum event keeps oyster culture alive Not rated yet
Grasping a palm-sized oyster, he banged a hammer against the shell, jammed a knife into the middle seam, scooped out the guts, chucked the shell in a pail …

Show and shell under way at Pompano Beach event Not rated yet
Some conchologists, like most casual beachgoers, collect shells just for the fun of it. For others, such as seashell dealers, it's a full-time job. They …

Foreign mollusks could sink fishing in Lake Michigan Not rated yet
Below the steel-blue waters of Lake Michigan, a giant sucking sound is transforming the world's sixth largest lake in ways that scientists never thought …

Tough mollusc teeth give bite to new research  Not rated yet
Researchers at The University of Western Australia are studying the teeth structure of a mollusc in the hope of copying it to develop new biosynthetic …

Tiny invader that has wreaked havoc in US set to mussel in on Scotland Not rated yet
INVASIVE Russian molluscs that have cost the American economy more than $3 billion (£2 billion) are heading towards Scotland, experts have warned, with …

Scientists unravel secrets of mother of pearl Not rated yet
Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) The inner lining of the shells of mother of pearl known as nacre and certain other molluscs is renowned for an amazing strength …

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Giant Clams Make a Comeback  Not rated yet
BOLINAO - Marine biologist Suzanne Licuanan leans over the side of her battered blue and white motor boat to collect another bag of her precious cargo …

Body of abalone hunter is recovered off Sonoma County coast Not rated yet
Jonathan Su, 29, of Sunnyvale apparently drowned while diving for the mollusks Nov. 9. He is the eighth abalone hunter to die off California's North Coast …

Man finds pearl in restaurant oyster in Wyke Regis, Dorset Not rated yet
The customer, aptly named Geoff Moule, spotted the pearl as he cracked open an oyster at the Crab House Cafe in Wyke Regis, Dorset. Mr Moule, 77, said …

Clam Chowder Recipes Not rated yet
When the weather turns brisk - or just begins to look as if it might - nothing seems to warm and satisfy like a hearty, old-fashioned bowl of chowder. …

Quahogs Thrive in Dead Zones Not rated yet
Altieri’s latest research found a good side of dead zones — they are a boon for quahogs. Few people can find much good to say about the so-called dead …

Quahog was the Staff of Life Not rated yet
On Sunday it rained all morning, then stopped and the sun popped out — to the delight of a large group of people who had assembled in front of the Donald …

Medicine from Molluscs Not rated yet
PharmaMar, a biotechnology company of Zeltia Group, has presented new data on two antitumoral compounds of marine origin, Zalypsis® and Irvalec®, in Phase …

Mollusc Art Not rated yet
How the snail's approach to love and passion became a work of art All biologists risk being eaten by their subjects: Timothy Treadwell, the expert …

All Areas in Southwest New Brunswick Closed to Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Not rated yet
Dartmouth, N.S. - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises the public that the harvesting of bi-valve molluscs, including oysters, clams, mussels, scallops …

South Dennis Quahog Pearl Not rated yet
SOUTH DENNIS - Joan Thomas was chopping quahog meat for chowder this summer when she felt something hard. "I was putting the meat into the grinder, …

3 Shellfish Recipes Not rated yet
Paella Serves 6 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 rock hen, cut in 6 pieces 2 fresh chorizo links, sliced thickly 1/2 medium Spanish onion, minced …

Fishermen, Officials Monitoring Large Red Tide Bloom Not rated yet
ELLSWORTH — Downeast fishermen who harvest mussels and clams are keeping an eye on a massive bloom of red tide that has surged into parts of Washington …

Giant clams released into the wild in the Philippines Not rated yet
June 2008 - Philippines. A fresh batch of 40 True Giant Clams (Tridacna gigas) have just completed the journey from rearing laboratories in Bolinao to …

Clam farmers: Market for Hardshell Clams Growing Not rated yet
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Virginia's growing hardshell clam industry produced more than 200 million of the bivalves in 2007. Of those 211 million clams, 90 …

Microbe Undermines Prized Oyster Supply Not rated yet
PORTLAND -- An invisible microbe that thrives in warm ocean water has undermined the Northwest's prized oyster supply, killing billions of young larvae …

Creating Art from Shells Not rated yet
THE South Coast Koori Women gathered at Umbarra Cultural Centre recently for a shellwork workshop. The workshop was partly funded by an AIATSIS grant …

Unique Conch Shell Museum in Madhya Pradesh Not rated yet
Chattarpur (Madhya Pradesh), June 10: A unique conch shell museum at Chattarpur in Madhya Pradesh has a private collection of around 40,000 conch shells …

Freshwater Clams in Shell Shock Not rated yet
Under seige from zebra mussels, habitat loss and pollution, this species is 'the most endangered animal group in North America' BRASHER FALLS, N.Y.–As …

200,000 Pounds of Quahogs Transplanted Not rated yet
Almost 80 shellfishermen crowded Greenwich Cove Tuesday, but they weren’t just there to soak up the sun and enjoy the calm waters. They raked up about …

Diving for Abalone on the North Coast -- Season Opened April 1 Not rated yet
Salmon season is over before it began, but all is not lost for ocean sport fishermen. Abalone diving season opened April 1 and the abs are ready for picking …

Meaty Maine Mussels  Not rated yet
Looking for a great, inexpensive source of protein that’s a cinch to cook and makes an elegant entrée or appetizer for diet-conscious guests in a pinch? …

Turks & Caicos Conch Festival Not rated yet
While in Turks & Caicos, tourists are encouraged to visit Caicos Conch Farm where they can watch how conchs are raised, enjoy a show with the two trained …

1.8 Million Mollusk Specimens  Not rated yet
No one will mistake the 1.8 million mollusk specimens at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for Easter eggs. But to Timothy Pearce, they're just as …

Enigmatic Antarctica - Amazing Giant Species Of Mollusks Found Not rated yet
Eight weeks of voyage ended successfully for scientists aboard Tangaroa, after discovering amazing creatures in the Antarctic waters of New Zealand. Scientists …

Imagine...up to $4,480 for a single meal of Abalone! Not rated yet
SINGAPORE - Fireworks and red lanterns mark the Lunar New Year across Asia, but the festivities herald abalone poaching season in Australia and New Zealand. …

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Brits Squeamish about Term "Quahog" Not rated yet
Quahog: edible round clam. In consumer tests, we've found that up to 83 per cent of the British public either "strongly disapprove of" or "feel uncomfortable …

recipe for littleneck clams Not rated yet
Enjoy this recipe for Linguine With Littleneck Clams, Fennel, Leeks and Saffron in Washington Post including photo and nutrition facts: Recipe for …

johnnie's on the side recipe for stuffed quahogs Not rated yet
Check out this Johnnie's on the Side (in Boston's old West End -- 138 Portland St., Boston) recipe for Stuffed Quahogs: Stuffed Quahogs

Abalone Bust in New South Wales Not rated yet
Wow....be sure to count the number of Abalone in your sack carefully and don't take 200 times your allowed allotment. If you do, you'll face a maximum …

Molluscs Help Determine Date of Noah's Flood Not rated yet
A recent re-analysis of radiocarbon dating of freshwater molluscs and seashells found in the Black Sea area puts the date of Noah's flood at around around …

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