Filipino seashells living in the Netherlands

This November 2019 video is called Manila clams in a saltwater aquarium.

Translated from the Dutch marine biologists of ANEMOON:

Manila clam finally settled on our shores

Sunday, September 1, 2013

In 2008, the Manila clam was first found alive in Dutch coastal waters. In a short period, this edible species has expanded greatly in the Oosterschelde. It is now even considered to be a locally very general to massively abundant species, which is found even in Lake Veere. Despite its beautiful and varied shell pattern it is an invasive exotic species which does not belong in our coastal waters.

The Manila clam (Venerupis philippinarum) was originally a species from Asia: including the Philippines, China and Japan. The species can be found at many fish markets there and on many menus. In 1985 it was introduced to Italy for breeding. Since then, the species has expanded permanently to many waters, including the Mediterranean and many places along the European coast, such as Portugal, France, Ireland, southern England, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Also on the west coast of Canada and the United States and Hawaii, the species lives now.

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