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Swimming with Giant Clams

“Each species on our planet plays a role in the healthy functioning of natural ecosystems, on which humans depend.” ~ William H. Schlesinger, Biogeochemist

Tridacna is a genus of large saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the subfamily Tridacninae, the giant clams. Unfortunately, the global conservation status is listed as Vulnerable in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  All species of giant clams are listed in CITES (Convention on Inernational Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna).  In the Philippines, it is locally known as “taklobo”.

Tridacna Tours Project in Samal © Jojie Alcantara

Tridacna Tours Project in Samal © Jojie Alcantara

Four species of giant clams, Tridacna gigas, T. squamosa, T. derasa and H. hippopus were transplanted in the 4-hectare marine reserve in Barangay Adecor, Kaputian District of Samal Island, one among the program’s successful sites.  The DNSC Marine Reserve Park has now become part of the tourism package of Visit Samal Tours, successfully protecting endangered giant clams and other marine species, making it a home of more than 3,000 giant clams.  It is identified as one of the learning and tourist sites in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS).

Read my full published article in SunStar Davao newspaper and view more photos here


  1. isko says

    an eco-paradise – the crystal-blue sea, the clams, the beach… but eventually, its existence will rely on the people around and the government especially whose environmental awareness must be learned earnestly and immediately.


  2. hi. would you know how we could get to adecor if we’re coming from Pearl Farm or somewhere in Kaputian? Will there be tricycles willing to take us there and how much? We’re planning to visit this place on October. Thanks!


  3. Sam Nuere says

    Hi. I live in Davao. I was wondering how to get to the sanctuary from the city? Thanks!


  4. HI Ms Jojie, asking permission to use this taklobo farm in case wla nag mabigay ang ATOP sa amin. 🙂 lagay ko rin name mo para ma-cite.
    thanks. 😉

    by the way, Eric Cee of Midtown (bonifacio st., Davao)


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  7. Julie says

    I went to Samal 3 years back. Still cant stop gushing about the giant clam to anybody when anything related to peral/Philippines come about. Theyre amazing! I was dressed for informal meeting attire but immediately jumped at the chance to dive whn the host asked if anyone wanna get onto the water. It was really awesome and beautiful. One of the diver went in with me, and when the clam started to close its shell, i was flapping my arms and legs in excitement! Im always amazed with underwater world, so that experience is something ill always cherish. Amazing effort for the conservation. Kudos to the team!


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