DispL.A. Case #233: Geoduck Fossils


Photograph by Laura Bliss

During preconstruction of the Purple Line, an MTA crew uncovered 300,000-year-old geoduck (pronounced “GOOEY-duck”) shells. Now found only in the Pacific Northwest, these colossal saltwater clams (fleshy parts can exceed three feet) once burrowed along L.A.’s shoreline, which reached as far as Mid Wilshire. Paleontologists excavated the specimens for the Natural History Museum to catalog.