These are geoducks, right? Must be. Can't see a razor clam getting that big unless you are clamming next to a nuclear power plant.
Where are you on the coast? I wonder how far south one can clam for geoducks. I would love to go and get some of those! twinwillow is onto something, it's called 'mirugai' (sp) at the sushi bar and it is so crunchy and sweet. One of my favorites too. Would be fun to do that at home.
I was on the plane coming back to Oaktown from NY a couple years ago. It was just when JetBlue was getting going and you could get a 99 dollar nonstop ticket. Next to me were to ladies 'of a certain age' who had been on a girls-only vacation, been to Foxwoods and the city and had wore themselves out pursuing night-time sort of fun. They were exhausted and a bit giggly, the perfect post-vacation mood.
JetBlue has the TVs, you know, and I'm scrolling through the channels, looking for something to watch, and I land on a cooking show. The guy is doing geoduck, and when I had tuned in he had already skinned it, removed the body, whatever you do to the thing, and he had the nose laid out on a cutting board. Well, all pink and naked and very very large it was.
All of a sudden the ladies completely lose it. I mean LOSE IT. I look over and they are watching the show too. They are in the kind of laughing fit that we adults don't get to have much any more. Tears streaming, gasping for air, thinking your heart will burst but you can't stop laughing. One lady was afraid that she had or would pee herself and that was making them laugh that much more. I of course was laughing hard with them; you can't be around that kind of hysterics and not laugh yourself.
They finally calmed themselves down and the one lady went to do damage
control. But they nor I really stopped laughing occasionally until we touched down in Oakland. Good times.
PS The thing truly did resemble nothing more than what one would imagine a Clydesdale's, uh, appendage would look like. Astonishing.