Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!


Species: Ocean quahog

Nominated by: Northern Ireland Marine Taskforce

Conservation status: Nationally Important Marine Feature (NIMF); OSPAR List of Threatened and Declining Species (only in Region II – Greater North Sea)

Why do you love it? The ocean quahog is one of our most incredible marine animals. This large clam lives buried in the sediment and can live for over 500 years! An ancient population in Belfast Lough is around 220 years old, surviving both World Wars and witnessing the launch of the RMS Titanic.

What are the threats to the ocean quahog? Activities that damage the seafloor (dredging and bottom trawling, large anchors) and pollution. As the ocean quahog is very slow-growing and long-lived it takes a long time for damaged populations to recover.

What are you doing to save it? All members of the Northern Ireland Marine Task Force are campaigning to support the designation of a Marine Conservation Zone in Outer Belfast Lough to protect the ocean quahog.

Find out how you can help by visiting the Northern Ireland Marine Task Force website

Discover other clam species on Arkive