clam nation

Mottled in green, brown, and pink, this giant clam was spotted in the Fagalua/Fogama'a area of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. 

Once nestled into a location on the reef, giant clams remain stationary throughout life, and play a major role in reef community structure. Like corals, giant clams have developed symbiotic relationships with algae called zooxanthellae. In return for shelter, zooxanthellae provide giant clams with nutrients they’ve photosynthesized! 

(Photo: NOAA)

Stories from the Blue: Quinault Indian Nation Razor Clam Dig

Located off the coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary works closely with four indigenous communities: the Quinault Indian Nation and the Hoh, Makah, and Quileute tribes. These communities have forged inseparable ties to the ocean environment, maintaining traditions of the past while they navigate the challenges of the present.

Razor clams are an important resource for the Quinault Indian Nation. Historically, razor clams provided sustenance and served as trade items; today, annual razor clam digs help supplement Quinault income.

Watch our Stories from the Blue video to learn about the Quinault Indian Nation’s razor clam digs and how the nation and the sanctuary work together to protect culturally-important ocean ecosystems.

THE SIGNS AS NATIONAL FOOD DAYS (USA)

These are actual food days in the USA. Each day below falls under the same dates as each zodiac sign.

Aries: National Corndog Day, National Chips & Dip Day, National Clams and the Half Shell Day, National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day, National Caramel Day, National Beer Day, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, National Cheeseball Day, National Garlic Day

Taurus: National Pigs in a Blanket Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, National Pretzel Day, National Prime Rib Day, National Shrimp Scampi Day, National Candied Orange Peel Day, National Eat What You Want Day, National Pizza Party Day, National Walnut Day

Gemini: National Taffy Day, National Escargot Day, International Hamburger Day, National Doughnut Day, National Frozen Yogurt Day, National Burger Day, National Cheese Day, National Iced Tea Day, National Corn on the Cob Day, National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, National Lobster Day, National Vinegar Day, National Fudge Day, Eat Your Vegetables Day

Cancer: National Catfish Day, National Chocolate Pudding Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Gingersnap Day, National Anisette Day, Eat Beans Day, National Chocolate Wafer Day, National Caesar Salad Day, National Barbecue Day, National Apple Turnover Day, National Fried Chicken Day, National Strawberry Sundae Day, National Sugar Cookie Day, National Piña Colada Day, National Blueberry Muffin Day, National Pecan Pie Day, National French Fries Day, National Grand Marnier Day, National Mac & Cheese Day, National Tapioca Pudding Day, Fresh Spinach Day, National Corn Fritter Day, National Peach Ice Cream Day, National Caviar Day, National Daiquiri Day, National Lollipop Day, National Junk Food Day, National Penuche Fudge Day

Leo: National Hot Dog Day, National Tequila Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, National Coffee Milkshake Day, National Creme Brulee Day, National Scotch Day, Hamburger Day, National Milk Chocolate Day, National Lasagna Day, National Cheesecake Day, National Raspberry Cake Day, National Mustard Day, Watermelon Day, National White Wine Day, National S'more Day, National Filet Mignon Day, National Creamsicle Day, National Lemon Meringue Pie Day, National Rum Day, National Vanilla Custard Day, National Joris Day, Potato Day, National Spumoni Day, National Eat A Peach Day, National Pecan Torte Day

Virgo: National Sponge Cake Day, National Peach Pie Day, National Waffle Day, National Banana Split Day, Whiskey Sour Day, National Cherry Popsicle Day, National Pots De Creme Day, National Banana Lovers Day, National Cherry Turnover Day, Crackers Over The Keyboard Day, More Herbs, Less Salt Day, National Toasted Marshmallow Day, Trail Mix Day, National Macademia Nut Day, National Cheese Pizza Day, National Coffee Ice Cream Day, National Beer Lover’s Day, National Acorn Squash Day, National Salami Day, National Date Nut Bread Day, Wienerschnitzel Day, National Steak Au Poivre Day, National TV Dinner Day, National Hot Cross Bun Day, National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Banana Day, National Peanut Day, International Chocolate Day, Fortune Cookie Day, National Linguine Day, National Guacamole Day, National Apple Dumpling Day, National Cheeseburger 

Libra: National Pancake Day, National Biscotti Day, National Hot Mulled Cider Day, National Vodka Day, National Taco Day, National Sausage Pizza Day, National Dessert Day, National Chocolate Cupcake Day, National Brandied Fruit Day

Scorpio: National Chicken Day, National Bologna Day, National Food Day, National Greasy Food Day, National Chocolate day, National Oatmeal Day, National Candy Corn Day, National Candy Apple Day, National Caramel Apple Day, Turkey Day, Sinkie Day, National French Fried Clam Day, National Deviled Egg Day, National Sandwich Day, National Candy Day, National Nachos Day, International Stout Day, National Scrapple Day, National Vanilla Cupcake Day, National Sundae Day, National Indian Pudding Day, National Spicy Guacamole Day, National Chicken Day, National Pickle Day, National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day, National Fast Food Day, National Baklava Day, Homemade Bread Day, National Vichyssoise Day, National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, National Stuffing Day

Sagittarius: National Cranberry Relish Day, National Cashew Day, National Eat A Cranberry Day, National Espresso Day, National Parfait Day, National Cake Day, National Bavarian Cream Pie Day, National French Toast Day, National Chocolates Day, National Mousse Day, Eat a Red Apple Day, National Cookie Day, National Brownie Day, National Noodle Ring Day, National Have A Bagel Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Cupcake Day, National Maple Syrup Day, National Sangria Day, National Hamburger Day

Capricorn: National Pumpkin Pie Day, National Fruitcake Day, National Champagne Day, National Buffet week, National Creampuff Day, National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Cheese Fondue Day, National Whipped Cream Day, National Popcorn Day, Cheese Day

Aquarius: National Pie Day, National Peanut Butter Day, National Chocolate Cake Day, National Tater Tot Day, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, National Frozen Yogurt Day, National Pizza Day


Pisces: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, National Crown Roast of Pork Day, National Peanut Cluster Day, National Crabmeat Day, National Meatball Day, National Blueberry Popover Day, Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day, National Baked Scallops Day, National Coconut Torte Day