Razor shell by Dawn Watson and Rob Spray 1/2
Razor shells by Pat Adams 2/2

Razor Shells Ensis ensis

The distinctive razor shells are easily recognisable from their unique rectangular shaped shells. Best spotted on sandy and muddy beaches at low tide.

Conservation status

Common, not threatened.

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The razor shell gained its common name for looking like a traditional cut-throat razor and can live up to ten years.
The razor shell uses a large foot to burrow into the sand to hide from predators wanting to eat them and they feed using long siphons to filter plankton.
On the Wash razor shells have been commercially harvested for export and in some countries they are considered a delicacy.
 

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