Heart Cockle
(Clinocardium nuttallii)

image of a Heart Cockle

Image ID: 170-01

Comments : I do not see these clams sitting out in the open very often, but found this specimen in about 20 feet or water along the eel grass beds at Three Tree Point. Clams are a favorite meal of many sea stars. When approached by a sea star, some clams can use their foot to push them out of harms way.
Common name : Heart Cockle
Scientific Name : Clinocardium nuttallii
Location Found : Three Tree Point, Central Puget Sound
Actual Size : 4 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX w/1->3T macro
Natural History :