Softshell clams are native to the East coast, where they are an important commercial fishery. They are believed to have been introduced to Oregon in the late 1800s, timed with the attempt to begin a fishery for the eastern oyster.
Features: Unlike gaper clams, softshell clams have no gape on their neck end. Softshell clams have a spoon like projection on the left valve, this feature is called a chondrophore.
Habitat: Brackish, muddy areas all along Oregon's coastline.
Technique: Softshells can be harvested by digging with either a shovel or clam gun. This species is called softshell for a reason, the shells are easily broken. Although a clam with a broken shell is still good to eat, sharp edges of a broken shell can be very dangerous. Until you've refined your shoveling skills you may try very carefully grabbing them by hand once you dig near their depth.