The Giant Clam: A Priceless Emblem of the Pacific
edited by Nabila Gaertner-Mazouni and Jean-Claude Gaertner
ISBN 9782367344270, ©2021, A Vent des Isles, Tahiti, French Polynesia, hardcover, about 9.75 by 9.75 inches, 24 by 25.5 cm., 111 pages, illustrated throughout with color photographs and drawings
"The Giant Clam" is a beautifully illustrated book consisting of five chapters, each covering different aspects of the Tridacna gigas (Linneaus,1758), the world's largest living shelled mollusk. The topics cover the biology of the animals, myths surrounding them, their influence on the culture on humanity in the Pacific and beyond, as an object of inspiration in art, as a source for nutrition, and as an indicator of environmental and climatic change. The editors have included their own and the work of five other experts to contribute their knowledge to produce this book. This book is pretty enough to be a coffee-table book, but its' contents make it a book that belongs in every sheller's library. The book was originally published in French, these copies are the English translation.