Tridacna is a giant clam that produces pearls, and will impress the most experienced adventurers with its outstanding size.
Phuket is the place to watch tridacna in its natural habitat — these giant bivalve mollusks that can reach 200 kilograms and the clam length of 1.5 meters produce the largest pearls. For instance, the largest pearl ever found, the Pearl of Allah, which is 6,4 kg, was found in a tridacna.
There is a beautifully sad story of a Philippine chief’s son, who dived in search of corals and beautiful shells, and didn’t return to the surface once. He was later discovered with his hand captured in the tridacna’s powerful clam. His hand was holding the Pearl of Allah. This is why tridacna is also named «a deathtrap».
You shouldn’t really be afraid of these old folk’s tales, though — scientists have proved that mollusk muscles are weak and could hardly capture a human finger, let alone hand.
More things to do in Phuket
Try the ruby dessert
This is a wonderful replacement for conventional ice cream — the dessert is served cold, and looks like a real handful of precious stones.6
Feed wild monkeys
The slopes of Monkey Hill are the home for many wild macaques, to whom you can bring fruits, nuts and other treats.FREE13Monkey Hill
Durian is considered to be a «king of fruits», but be prepared for the stark dissonance between its pleasant taste and terrible smell. 10018
Because of the short-term storage period you can try out the tasty and healthy sapodilla only in tropical countries — do not miss this chance! 406
Try sugarcane fresh
This unusual drink is not only tasty and useful, but also energizes you for the whole day.7
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