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    COMPLETE GIANT CLAM SHELL
    Tridacna gigas
    South Pacific
    The Giant Clam is the largest living bivalve mollusk, inspiration for numerous lurid literary and cinematic adventure tales as a fatal trap for unwary divers and foolhardy pearl-hunters. It is native to the warm seas of the Indo-Pacific region and known traditionally to the Pacific Islanders as pa'ua. The Pa'ua can grow up to 4 feet across and weigh over 440 lb, and they enjoy an average life span of 100 years or more, although they are entirely sessile in adulthood (meaning that they remain anchored to the seabed). Of an elegant, undulating form, the exterior of this present example displays an evocative rough ocean texture, and even sports the remains of the connective tissue that hinged the two halves of the shell in life; it is relatively rare to obtain both halves, and this is a fine-sized specimen weighing over 250 lb and measuring 33 inches across.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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