Size and Shape: Up to 2.5 inches. Oblong Shell: Concentric rings with radiating line ridges. Siphon tips are split. Color can vary—typically grey, brown, or mottled. Some purple on the inside shell. Depth: 2-4 inches. Habitat: Gravel, mud, sand. Above the half-tide level.
Size and Shape: Up to 3.5 inches. Rounded Shell: Concentric rings with radiating ridge lines. Siphon tips are fused. Color can vary – typically cream, grey, brown, or mottled. White inside shell. Depth: 6-10 inches. Habitat: Gravel, mud. Normally mid-tide level, sometimes lower intertidal or subtidal zone (up to 60 feet).
Size and Shape: Up to 5 inches. Heavy for size. Oval to square. Shell: Concentric rings. No radiating ridge lines. Yellow to grey/white colored. Depth: 12-18 inches. Habitat: Sand, gravel, cobble. Lower intertidal or shallow subtidal zone (up to 60 feet).Warning! Butter clams retain marine biotoxins longer than other clams.
Size and Shape: Up to 3 inches. Oval, flat. Shell: Concentric rings and shiny brown coating. Purple inside the shell. Depth: 1-2 inches. Habitat: Gravel, cobble, mud, sand. Upper one-third of the intertidal zone but can range into lower tidal level. Most abundant near freshwater inputs. Warning! Varnish clams retain marine biotoxins longer and at higher levels than other clams.
Size and Shape: Up to 5 inches. Round, somewhat triangular (pointed hinge). Shell: Prominent evenly-spaced radiating ridges which fan out from the hinge. Mottled, light brown color.Depth: 1-2 inches. Habitat: Sand, mud. Intertidal or subtidal zone (up to 50-60 feet).
Size and Shape: Up to 6 inches. Oval to square. Shell: Brittle, thin shells with rough irregular surface and uneven concentric rings. Chalky-white to grey with brown/yellow skin on the edges. Rounded at foot, pointed at siphon end. Depth: 8-18 inches. Habitat: Sand, mud. Upper half-tide level near river mouths (low salinity).
Size and Shape: Shell up to 10 inches. Weighs an average of 2.5 pounds and up to 10 pounds. Oblong, appears rounded at one end and cut-off at the other end. Shell: Gaping oblong shell with concentric rings. White shell with flaky brown skin. Siphon and mantle are too large to withdraw into shell.
Depth: 2-3 feet. Habitat: Mud, sand, gravel. Subtidal zone (some intertidal, accessible only on extreme low tides).
Size and Shape: Up to 6 inches. Oblong. Shell: Gaping oblong shell with concentric rings. Brown shell. Siphon is too large to withdraw into shell.Depth: 6 inches or more (moves rapidly downward when dug). Habitat: Sand. Intertidal coastal zone (ocean beaches).
Size and Shape: Blue mussel up to 3 inches. Mediterranean Mussels up to 5 inches. California mussel up to 6 inches. Oblong shape. Shell: Blue-black or brown shell. Habitat: Attaches to rocks, pilings, boats, gravel, or other hard surfaces in the intertidal zone.
Size and Shape: Up to 3 inches for some species. The shell can be rounded or elongated and is white to purplish black and may be striped with yellow or brown. Unlike most bivalves, the Olympia oyster's shell lacks the periostracum, which is the outermost coating of shell that prevents erosion of the underlying shell. The color of the oyster's flesh is white to a light olive green. Habitat: Bays and estuaries, attached to rocks
Pink & Spiny Scallops, often referred to as Singing Scallops because of the way they swim through the water as if flapping their mouths, have beautiful, colorful shells up to 3 inches wide. They are cooked in the shell or eaten raw like half-shell oysters. In either case, the whole animal is eaten, not just the abductor muscle like most scallops. Often, brilliantly colored orange roe surrounds the meat adding complexity to the flavor.
Jones Family Farms’ (orcas Is) is the sole source. A list of outlets can be found here.