New home for giant clams
A COLLECTION of giant clams which were seized by customs officials has gone on display at Bristol Aquarium.
The southern giant clams – one of which is pictured – can grow up to 60cms in length. They were part of a consignment which was intercepted and confiscated after they were illegally imported in to the country.
They were donated to the Harbourside attraction by aquarists at ZSL London Zoo who have been looking after them since their seizure.
After spending time in the aquarium's quarantine, the fist- sized shellfish will go on display in the aquarium's tropical reef area.
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Bristol Aquarium curator Dan de Castro said: "We have a total of five clams here at the aquarium and they are extraordinary looking creatures.
"Their shell is quite smooth and relatively unremarkable and it is only when they open up that you get to see the amazing colours and marking of the actual bivalve inside.
"We've also already had a few incidents of them spitting jets of water at aquarists so we're having to keep a close eye on them.
"Although these specimens are already quite large they still have plenty of growing to do as full-sized adults usually measure in excess of half-a-metre long."