Hard or Soft? Clams can be hard-shelled or soft-shelled, according to the degree
of calcification of their shells, according to species. They are
eaten raw, steamed, boiled, baked or fried, again (often) according
to species. Clam chowder is a popular soup in the U.S. in which
clams figure strongly.
Floating down the river current... The mating habits of clams varies according to the waters in which
they live. In river clams, the male releases sperm into the water
and the river current carries it downstream. The female then draws
sperm in to fertilize eggs still inside her body.
Mating tip to males - stay upstream! Fertilization
odds are poor unless the male is upstream of the female. For ocean
clams, the male also expels sperm, however the female releases the
eggs from her body into the surrounding water. Fertilization occurs
only when the eggs float near the sperm.
One adult survivor to tens of thousands of babies During a breeding season,
a female clam makes tens of thousands of baby clams. Probably only
one settles to the bottom and survives to adulthood.
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