• April 2008

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    25th Annual Fishing Derby

    April 28, 2008

    Nearly 60 kids participated in the fishing derby last weekend. They had lots of fun and made lots of mischief, but unfortunately, between them they only caught 30 fish. Here are some of the lucky fisherkids: The biggest fish caught measured 19 inches. If you didn’t catch any fish, then hold up your M&M’s!

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    Strange Rubbery Things

    April 25, 2008

    Does anybody know what these are?

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    Colorful Clam Shells

    April 25, 2008

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    Sand Dollar

    April 24, 2008

    Everybody knows this guy! But who knew sand dollars have such hairy bottoms? This is what they look like BEFORE you see them for sale in jewelry-supply stores. Last spring researchers at the University of Washington discovered that a sand dollar larvae will clone itself, and split in two, when it smells a dover sole… […]

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    The camera caught up with Adam and Louie wandering through the single oyster pens one blindingly-sunny day in late March. It was the first daylight low tide of the season. Hello there! Finding an oyster to sample wasn’t terribly difficult. Adam opens the oyster and eats it while Louie looks on in approval.

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    Hama Hama in the Belly

    April 16, 2008

    Larry from New Jersey had some clams, oysters, and smoked salmon sent to him as a birthday gift. We’d like to eat at Larry’s house some day; he sounds like someone who knows food. Here’s how he prepared the seafood: The Manila clams were simplicity itself. I just rinsed them in a colander, and added […]

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    Gooeyduck

    April 16, 2008

    The geoduck clam is the biggest clam in the world. Pictured here is a teensy two year old, but they can live to be 150 years old, or older. They frequently weigh more than 5 pounds. And yes, they’re ridiculous. Geoduck live deep in the sand, and while they can retract their neck to avoid […]

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    Champion Deep Dish

    April 14, 2008

    Last weekend 22-year old Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, a professional eater from Chicago, consumed 35 dozen oysters in 8 minutes to win the Acme World Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans. Has anyone ever seen a Louisiana oyster? They’re gray, runny, and grown at the mouth of the Mississippi, spelled p-o-l-l-u-t-e-d. Read the AP article […]

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    Tree Cookie Signs

    April 11, 2008

    That’s a lot of tree. The giant ‘cookie’ came from a four hundred year old Douglas fir tree that fell down a long time ago. A big flood washed the tree down the canyon and left it serendipitously in a hayfield. We cut the cookies off the log about four years ago; they’ve been curing in a […]

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    Oyster Conformation

    April 10, 2008

    The ideal oyster is cup-shaped with a wide, fluted edge tapering towards the hinge. Healthy, growing oysters are very fluted and frequently very colorful, whereas an oyster that’s starting to atrophy will have rounded, colorless edges. The oyster above was one of three dozen in a package we shipped to California yesterday. In our humble […]

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    Underside of a sea star, up close. The entrance to the mouth is covered by a mass of tube feet. The mouth opens up into the mobile cardiac stomach, which leads to a fixed stomach, which leads to the anus, which is on the top of the star. Tube feet suctioned onto a rock. Read […]

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    Confused Flowers

    April 8, 2008

    Spring is taking its sweet time getting here.

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    Sticky Fingers

    April 7, 2008

    Sea stars, the echinoderms formerly known as starfish, have neither brains nor blood. Their circulatory system uses filtered sea water, and their central nervous system is spread out among the rays, or legs, which scientists believe communicate sensory information to each other whenever the starfish… whoops, sea star, decides to move or eat. Severed sea […]

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    Hood Canal Crab Cakes

    April 3, 2008

    Ingredients: Meat from one Dungeness crab, picked 1 cup bread crumbs, plus additional for coating ½ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup minced fresh parsley 1 large egg, blended 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp Spike seasoning ¼ tsp cayenne ¼ tsp dry mustard salt and pepper to taste In a large bowl, blend together all ingredients […]

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