Latest Cockle Stories

2009-01-16 14:42:39

A Welsh report says sewage treatment may be making water in Burry Estuary too clean for cockles to survive. Researchers from University College Bangor say mass deaths of the small clams, which had previously been blamed on high levels of sewage spilling from a nearby treatment plant, may now be caused by a lack of food, the Western Mail reported Friday. The report said improvements to the treatment plant have limited food sources for the shellfish. Environment Agency Wales spokesman John...

2008-06-17 00:00:15

Llanelli residents are demanding a full public inquiry into the poor state of the town's drains. A petition has been launched demanding action. Last week, the main sewer pipe in Pwll, Llanelli, burst twice, spilling sewage across the streets. At a public meeting held in Llanelli on Friday night, cockle gatherers, residents and members of Carmarthenshire Fishermens Federation voiced their concerns. Cockle gatherer Robert Griffiths said he had concerns for the cockle industry following...

2006-03-28 07:38:20

LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a work gang of Chinese cockle pickers was jailed for 14 years on Tuesday after being convicted of the manslaughter of 21 people who drowned on a wild winter night off northern England in February 2004. A court in Preston near Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, where the cocklers drowned, convicted gangmaster Lin Liang Ren last week after a trial lasting nearly six months. The case highlighted the plight of immigrant -- and often illegal -- workers unable to...

Latest Cockle Reference Libraries

Blood Cockle, Anadara granosa
2013-04-16 21:41:16

Anadara granosa, known also as Tegillarca granosa, is a species of ark clam known as the blood cockle because of the red haemoglobin liquid within. It’s found throughout the Indo-Pacific region from the eastern coast of South Africa towards the north and eastwards to Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Australia, and up towards northern Japan. It resides mostly in the intertidal zone at one to two meters water depth, burrowed down into the sand or the mud. The size of an adult is roughly 5 to 6...

2008-04-30 23:02:22

The Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), also known as the quahog, is a bivalve mollusk native to the eastern shores of North America, from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatan Peninsula. Older sources may give it the systematic name Venus mercenaria. It is one of many unrelated bivalves referred to as clams. Hard clams are quite common throughout New England, north into Canada, and all down the Eastern seaboard of the United States to Florida, but are particularly abundant between Cape Cod and...

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Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'