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Clams flood beach in north-central Vietnam

Clams flood beach in north-central Vietnam

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 22:18 GMT+7
Clams flood beach in north-central Vietnam
Purple clams cover part of a beach in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Tonnes of sea clams have been washed up on a beach in Cam Nhuong Commune in Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, located in north-central Vietnam, over the past few days, creating a long purplish strip on the beach.

Locals are flocking to the beach to collect these sea clams, which have a purplish shell, for sale.

High and powerful waves have brought such clams, both dead and alive, onto the coastline.

A resident of Cam Nhuong Commune said that locals often find anadara subcrenata, which has a white or cream-coloured, thick, oval shell, washed ashore by strong waves every year.

However, this year, the shoreline is being covered by clams with purple shells.

Locals collect purple clams washed ashore in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: TTO

Locals collect purple clams washed ashore in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Strong waves carry purple clams onto a beach in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: TTO

Strong waves carry purple clams onto a beach in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Hung, chairman of the Cam Nhuong People’s Committee, said that powerful waves carry metric tons of anadara subcrenata onto the beach each year.

It was surprising that a huge number of purple clams were washed ashore this year, he added.

The beach has been crowded with locals over the past seven days. They have collected clams, processed them, and sold them.

Many of them pick 20 kilograms of clam flesh a day.

This is the first appearance of purple clams on the beach.

A bucket is full of purple clams. Photo: TTO

A bucket full of purple clams. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A strip of purple clams on a beach in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: TTO

A strip of purple clams on a beach in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District under Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Flesh of purple clams collected. Photo: TTO

Flesh of purple clams. Photo: Tuoi Tre

In early September, purple clams were discovered washing ashore at the Thien Cam tourist site in Cam Xuyen District. Tonnes of the clams were collected for sale.

Clam is a kind of bivalve mollusc. They mainly live in tidal flats, and in the seafloor sand that contains a certain volume of freshwater.

In Ha Tinh Province, clams are farmed along the coastlines in Loc Ha District and Thach Ha District.

During the clam harvest season, the prices of the shellfish range from VND20,000 (US$0.82) VND25,000 ($1.03) per kilogram.

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Tieu Bac - Le Minh / Tuoi Tre News

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