The Varnish clam is also known as the Dark Mahogany Clam or the Savoury Clam.
The inside of the shells are a rich purple interior colour. While the outside is a shiny exterior with a brown, peeling layer that resembles varnish.
The shell is relatively flat, with a large external hinge ligament.
The Varnish clam is actually native to Korea, Japan and China.
It arrived in here on the Pacific west coast in the late 1980s and is well established now.
They grow to 7 cm long after about 4 years. It typically can bury itself up to 38 cm deep. Apparently, the varnish clam is more freshwater tolerant than other species of clams and the most abundant populations of Varnish clams are found in areas where there are significant influxes of fresh water runoff.
Pacific White-Sided Dolphins live here on the west coast. They can be seen swimming in groups especially when they are being chased by Orca whales. The dolphins form close-knit groups and will care for one another such as any sick or injured member. Each dolphin identifies itself by a unique name-whistle. They can live up to 40 years or more and are about 2.5 meters in length.
Today is “Victoria Day” in Canada. To celebrate the May 24th birthday of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Queen Victoria’s birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845.
So in hour of the Queen, I called this creature Queenie V Explorer Satellite. Another bit of history for you, the Explorer 1 was launched on January 31, 1958 and was the first Earth satellite set into orbit by the United States. It was six feet or 183 cm in length. The total weight of the satellite was 13.37 kilograms or 30 pounds.
Data from the Explorer was transmitted to the ground by two antennas. The external skin of the instrument section was painted in alternate strips of white and dark green to provide passive temperature control of the satellite. You can see a replica on display at National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.