• August 2008

    We happen in Vegas

    August 26, 2008

    What made Conde Nast Traveler’s list of ways to behave gluttonously in Vegas? That’s right. A Hama Hama oyster shooter. As the magazine puts it: Save the Hama-Hama shooter, a cocktail-like concoction of citrus ponzu, sake, scallions, daikon, and raw quail yolk, for last. Of course, savvy Vegas visitors will wait until October to indulge […]

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    Superstardom

    August 25, 2008

    The oyster is taking over the world! Read below to learn more about the brash bivalve’s cultural conquests (and our attempts to explain them). 1. Oyster Magazine (Australia). Oysters have a reputation for being sexy and they definitely have cutting-edge qualities. They’ve also moved beyond gender: they start out male but switch sexes several times […]

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    Silly Duck

    August 22, 2008

    When geoduck get big enough, they hatch and fly away.

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    This morning KUOW, a Seattle public radio station, ran a special on a wild reef of Olympia Oysters that scientists have discovered off the coast of Vancouver Island. Scientists from all over the world are studying the reef to try to learn more about the Olympia oyster, and how to help it recover. From the […]

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    Sugar for your screen

    August 18, 2008

    Watch the sun set over the Olympic Mountains from anywhere in the world at Dr. Dale’s webcam. (Or check the webcam on a rainy February day and be glad you don’t live here). The webcam looks across Hood Canal towards Brinnon, a small town located about 20 minutes north of the oyster farm. Although the […]

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    Hunting for Moon Snails

    August 15, 2008

    Sometimes you find moon snails hanging out on the surface of the beach. Sometimes they’re half-buried in the sand, but still visible, as in the video below: But only the slow-moving snails get caught at low tide with their shells exposed. Most snails are sneaky, and it takes a discerning eye to find their hidey-holes. […]

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    Groundbreaking!

    August 13, 2008

    woo hoo! We’re really excited about our new building! The new, improved, combined shucking/packing/retail store building will be built behind the current store. It will have absolutely killer views of the Canal and the Olympics. So far we’ve just built an anti-siltation fence and begun work on the stormwater collection ponds, but it feels good […]

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    Olympia and the Pacific

    August 8, 2008

    Olympia oysters are the only oyster species native to the west coast of North America. They’re small and intense, with a surprisingly coppery flavor. Olympias were an important food source for Native Americans, and a big hit with everybody who came later. Commercial harvest of wild Olympia oysters peaked in Puget Sound in the late […]

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    This isn’t funny.

    August 5, 2008

    But some people will probably think it’s hilarious. Juvenile oysters in France are being massacred by a herpes virus. According to the BBC: Young French oysters have fallen prey to a killer virus because they have used up too much energy developing their sex organs, scientists believe. The BBC article goes on to say that […]

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