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The clam is native to many of the world's oceans and freshwater rivers. There are many different types of clams. For example, the Pacific Razor Clam is found along the Pacific west coast of the United States. The Asian Clam is found along sea coasts and estuaries in northern Europe, the Mediterranean and west Africa. The Giant Clam is found in coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. A clam's shell consists of two parts connected by a hinge joint. The hinged joint allows the clam to open and close its shell to feed and protect itself from predators. Play the following videos to learn more about the clam.