Nisqually Gweducs (Geoducks)

The Pacific Northwest Geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) is an evolutionary marvel of inland waters of Canada, and Washington state. Native only to this region, the geoduck grows up to 14 pounds and lives up to 150 years. The Nisqually Indians called them gweduc, which means “dig deep”, and contains reference to crude genitalia (the Nisqually Indians have a sense of humor) Typically found in tide flats, the shell and body rests about 3-4 feet below the surface, with a long neck having two siphons poking out just above the mud or sand. The siphons collect food, disburse waist, and release sperm or eggs a couple times a year. These giant clams have more recently become a world delicacy to the wealthy, where in Hong Kong they fetch about $65. Heavily regulated harvests don’t stop poaching, as the lure from the world market has now created a demand, and then a strain on the geoduck population and habitat. Hell, what good is something if you can’t overharvest it for a quick buck? But I digress.

While most of you have never heard of the geoduck, they actually exist. I have dug them, and somewhere in my family photo album, over the years I have various pictures of me holding the duc, as my father would plan most of our vacations around the tides. Here’s a good overview of the geoduck if your interested.

Religious beliefs are the antithesis of the geoduck. While we have all heard of it our entire lives, it has failed to produce any evidential reality. It’s imaginations have been forced on captured the minds of the unwilling child, the gullible teen, and the old. The geoduck however, doesn’t need to preach to prove it’s existence. Only god needs that.


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

29 thoughts on “Nisqually Gweducs (Geoducks)”

  1. Somewhere in one of his stories, I think, Faulkner writes, “Nature will affect its own revenge.” I have always believed that to be true.

    And no, I’ve never heard of the geoduck. It’s fascinating. Thank you for posting!

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  2. Harvesting things into extinction? When have we humans ever done that?
    Are you saying that we cannot harvest religions and sell them to the Chinese? Too bad.


    1. They figured a way to get the Catholics into China by letting the state choose the clergy. They will do whatever it takes to spread the love. Funny thing to have representatives from the government who don’t believe, run the church.

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        1. They’ll take a yen or a dollar. No matter. I wonder if they have to tithe based on the exchange rate. Since the dollar just posted its biggest loss vs the yen in five years, now Chinese only need to tithe 8%

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          1. If you are talking Catholics here, the average is closer to 3%. Eight percent would be a windfall. That is one of many parts of scripture Catholics cherry pick.

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            1. lol. Fair enough. I always thought it would be fun to go to the dr with a geoduck. Whole new definition of the bearded clam.


  3. You’d think, 3 or 4 feet down, people would leave them alone. But humans are too full of themselves to not plunder and pillage those who do absolutely no harm to them. Sorry, Jim, but gooey-ducks or dodo-birds, can’t we let anything live in peace without humans interfering. Don’t we already have enough things to eat without having to resort to digging our own graves to find more other things. Christ, I wish some people would eat their dead relatives rather than killing things that just want to live their lives.

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  4. I was a commercial diver harvesting freshwater mussels in U.S. rivers for 3 decades. I have worked the Tennessee, the Cumberland (both in Tn.,) the Mississippi, and the Guadalupe (Texas) I heard of the geoduck, and its subsequent market decades back, I actually considered heading out there to see if I could get in on it. But the $ close to home was decent enough, and the daily activities quite fulfilling enough to keep an adventure junkie happy at home.

    I do still harbor the desire to go try it 😉 Funny how things like that stick with ya.

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    1. A good diving ducker will get nearly a hundred an hour with a water stinger. They just pump them out of their hole. I’ve never dove for them but only dug them out of the tide flats. It’s a workout!


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