The Pod Razor Shell Ensis siliqua (Linnaeus) shown above and the Grooved Razor Shell Solen marginatus Montagu shown below are two very common types of razor clam. Their long narrow bivalved shells are very characteristic.
This autumn, thousands of empty shells of these species of razor clam were washed ashore at Studland Bay in Dorset. The photographs below show some of these accumulations and individual shells as they were found on the wet sand and amongst the sea foam when the incoming tide pushed them up the beach.
Revision of a post first published 31 October 2009
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