inside the incurrent siphon) or did the clam just close up around the hermit and the hermit is wrapped in the mantle?
The hermit was not inside the siphon, it was just crawling around the mantle.
I really wish I had taken some pics because it was actually quite funny looking. A little blue legged hermit trying and trying to get escape the the massive jaws of the killer shark....er clam I mean.
I finally got him out by carefully pulling the clam slightly apart (very slowly) with the tips of my fingers. (thats easier said then done, strong little buggers) Opened him up just barely enough for the hermit to get out. And the hermit didn't waste any time in getting out. The sad part of the story is that while the hermit was in there, he has damaged some of the mantle in his fruitless atempts to escape.
I just hope that the clam will be able to recover from this.