Add clams to the Washington State symbols “chosen following dedicated research.”
A cryptid – “an animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated” in Washington’s case Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch – was the nomination Valentine’s Day, (don’t you love it?) February 14, 2017.
Not to be outdone, the delectable, flavorful, some might even say beautiful tricholoma magnivelare – the Pine Mushroom – received an official legislative nod that same year.
Now, speaking of beautiful, it’s the clam.
“The oblong shell of the Pacific razor clam is golden-hued, symmetrical, and especially handsome,” declares House Bill 1061.
From the “dedicated research” that no doubt led to the Razor Clam being so recognized – unanimously, 98-to-nothin’, nobody absent, nobody excused, all present for this historic, standing-ovation-unknown vote – readers can imagine how your elected representatives, all of them, state-wide sat spellbound, enthralled, as the story of this incredible, edible six-inch marine bivalve mollusk was told.
But, to save time, here’s a picture.