• September 2008

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    Australian oysterman Lionel Richardson proudly holds up the winners of a competition for the “Most Beautiful Pacific Oyster.”

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    Rock Crab

    September 25, 2008

    The Pacific red rock crab (Cancer productus) lives in the shadow of the more popular Dungeness crab (C. magister). Really, who’s ever heard of a rock crab??? Here, they confront one another. Which one is the rock? The one with the black fingernails. Rock crab are harvested occasionally by sport fishermen when Dungeness aren’t available. […]

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    Clam Identification 101

    September 24, 2008

    Native littleneck clam on the left, Manila steamer on the right. Manilas were introduced to Puget Sound along with the Pacific Oyster in the 1950s and, like the oyster, have since naturalized. They’re now the main clam species grown and harvested commercially in the Puget Sound, as their shells are hardier and they last longer […]

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    Adios Amigo

    September 16, 2008

    Fall intern Luke Reynolds has moved on to bigger and better places (namely, the fall tour with his band Pictures and Sound), and our first Luke-less Monday in several weeks felt kinda flat. During his three week tenure at Hama Hama, Luke planted baby oysters, worked on the barge, packed oysters, swept, shoveled, and generally […]

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    Pearls Galore

    September 12, 2008

    A Lebanese woman found 26 pearls in a single oyster and a) made international headlines and b) is thinking of submitting her discovery to the Guinness Book of World Records. Who knew oysters could make you famous? Not us, otherwise we wouldn’t have passed up our 15 minutes of fame. A few years ago we […]

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    On the Barge

    September 11, 2008

    …with this guy: (Not sure whether that blurry appendage on the left belongs to Adam, or if Miguel is standing right behind him….) Views from the Captain’s House: The barge goes out at high tide and picks up full tubs of oysters. Look closely at the picture below and you’ll see an oyster tub sitting […]

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    Sunny September

    September 10, 2008

    Because the muddy clam net featured in the last post’s video didn’t quite cut it for people wanting proof that this is indeed the nicest time of year on the Canal, we took a few scenic shots this morning to better illustrate the joys of early September. Everything is still, and mild, and warm enough […]

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    changing tide

    September 8, 2008

    Just a brief little video taken on an incoming tide…not terribly interesting…but look how beautiful Hood Canal is in September! The water’s calm, the weather’s warm, the apples are ripe… it’s a good time to be here. But it’s still not a good time to eat raw oysters, as the folks up in Quilcene recently […]

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    Oyster World Update

    September 4, 2008

    Chesapeake Bay: The oyster native to the East Coast, Crassostrea virginica, hasn’t been doing well in the Chesapeake for a while. Reasons for the virginica’s decline include overharvesting, pollution, and disease. The loss of the native oyster reefs has hurt the Bay’s shellfish industry and ecosystem, as oysters filter algae out of the seawater and […]

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    Huge Oyster

    September 3, 2008

    This oyster was so impressive Teresa had to save it for show-and-tell. What makes this oyster particularly amazing is that it was shucked in August, when our oysters are normally at their smallest. Not impressed? Need a sense of scale? Look closely at the picture and you’ll see an adult hand through the plastic tub.

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    shore crab shells

    September 2, 2008

    Dead shore crab get washed up by the high tide by the tens and twenties, where they prove irresistable for underage beach combers.

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