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If you would like to see the giants in Koh Rong Samloem Island, 
let's visit to Beach HouseCambodian Diving Group at M-Pai Bay 
Eaten beauty! Giant clams are very popular among reef aquarists, probably because of their beautiful colours, their shape and their quiet presence, among other factors. For many divers and snorkellers, tridacnid clams are among the most fascinating organisms in the reef. Unfortunately, divers and reef aquarists are not the only people who admire tridacnid clams. In many tropical countries all over the world, giant clams are found in the fish markets among tilapia, squid, shrimps and crabs. For many aquarists it might be hard to believe that in other countries their highly desirable reef tank "jewels" end up in the cooking pot. But to many people giant clams are nothing more than larger varieties that feed the whold family.

Hello guys, I'm Merman Tiun in Mpai Bay, Korong Samloem. I am looking for some giant clams in this island because everytime I see them, I swim nonstop about giant clams these day, all day. Giant clams are these masive and colorful shelled marine animals, the biggest recorded indiviual was four and a half feet long, and weighed about 550 pounds that is almost as heavy as three baby elephants.

Unfortunately, we are the giant clams's biggest threat. Giant clams have been traditionally fished as seafood. Giant clams were almost hunted to extinction between 1960s to 2019s. Clamshells are also popular in the ornamental trade as jewlery and for display. Giant clams, dead or live, are not safe from us, it's a clamity!

My fascination with giant clams got me started on conservation research to fill in the knowledge gaps on their ecology and behavior. During my research, I discovered more secrects about giant clams. But why should people care about conserving giant clams? It turns out that giant clams have a giant impact on coral reefs. These multitasking clams are reef builders, food factories, shelters for shrimps and crabs, and water filters, all roled into one.

In a nutshell, giant clams play a major contributing role as residents of their own reef home, and just having them around keeps the reef healthy and because they can live up to 100 years old. Giant clams make vital indicators of coral reef health. But giant clams are endangered. The largest clam in the world is facing the threat of extinction. So I dive here today to give a voice to giant clams because I care a whole lot for these amazing animals and they deserve to be cared for.


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