Voices from the Indian Ocean: episode n°6
Voices from the Indian Ocean, by Elise Rigot. Episode n°6
Episode n°6: Sundy’s clam
Late one evening, Sundy Ramah triumphantly showed me a still-wet clam. It wasn’t just any clam, but a species he and his team had been researching for a long time, the Tridacna rosewateri, a species that was known to be endemic to Malha’s Saya Bank, discovered in the late 1970s during a Russian expedition and archived in Saint Petersburg. During the expedition, Sundy was able to collect several Tridacna rosewateri, part of her thesis dream. We tried to archive this specimen using a 3D scanner, but the complexity of the form didn’t allow us to easily perceive all the riches on the clam’s surface, but something remains of the complexity of clams and the multiple lives that are attached to them or cling to them.