• October 2008

    Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2008


    Spotted Ratfish

    October 30, 2008

    The ratfish is a ridiculous creature. It has the body of a shark, the tail of a rat, the eyes of a lemur, and the face of a rabbit. We found a sorry looking specimen out on the tideflats a couple of nights ago. It was alive, but not at all lively. Ratfish don’t have […]


    Oyster Crunch

    October 28, 2008

    In the winter, the tide is low at night. This means that the oyster pickers and clam diggers work through the night, in every kind of weather except lightning storms. Last night we caught up with Dan and Dave at 9 pm on their way out to pick oyster singles. They ended up working until […]


    Celebrating the Oyster

    October 24, 2008

    Attention Seattle oyster lovers! Head down to the Flying Fish restaurant tomorrow Oct. 25 for the Oyster Frenzy, and if that still isn’t enough, stop by Elliot’s Oyster New Year on November 1st.


    Fall Colors

    October 23, 2008

    We’ve been celebrating fall by giving away deliciously tart and pesticide-free locally-grown apples.


    Last week we traveled to Monterey, California to serve oysters at the Monterey Food and Wine Festival. It was a smashing success. So successful, in fact, that we didn’t really have time to take photos because we were too busy shucking oysters… it was an “all hands on deck” situation. The event was held in […]


    If you find yourself near Monterey, California tomorrow evening stop by the Aquarium for the 32nd annual Monterey Food and Wine Festival. We’ll be there serving freshly shucked extra small Hama Hama oysters. We’re pulling them out of the salt water tomorrow morning and flying them down specifically for the event… they’ll be ridiculously fresh […]


    “I am a person who walk”

    October 15, 2008

    The Hama Hama bridges were built in the 30s, and they’re beautiful and artistic and much preferable to the bland concrete spans the State will eventually replace them with.  The problem is that they were built for 1930s-era cars, and now they’re too narrow. This fall, the Washington State Highway Department compounded that problem by […]

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    Raising Haeckel

    October 14, 2008

    From wikipedia: Kunstformen der Natur (German: Art Forms of Nature) is a book of lithographic and autotype prints by German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Originally published in sets of ten between 1899 and 1904 and as a complete volume in 1904, it consists of 100 prints of various organisms, many of which were first described by […]

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    Woodworker Phil

    October 10, 2008

    Phil Lewis Day, a local guy who works wonders with wood, stopped by to show us some of his creations.  The basket below is made out of many pieces of firewood glued together and then polished smooth in a lathe… its design was inspired by Native American woven baskets. The basket below is made out […]


    The Flea and the Anemone

    October 7, 2008

    This oyster shell contains a veritable symphony of life. Watch out for the barnacles whirring away on the left of the screen, and keep your eyes peeled for the little sand flea. He appears in the beginning of the video, hangs out for a while, and then moves on, but not before having a very […]


    Two Unrelated Videos

    October 6, 2008

    The first is a profile of Jerry Yamashita, who grows oysters in Puget Sound near Olympia, Washington. Jerry offers a pretty good description of the technical (not political) difficulties involved with farming shellfish downstream from residential development. The second is just completely silly, and adds unnecessary confusion to the debate about how to correctly pronounce […]


    This year the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association‘s annual conference is in Lake Chelan, an area of Eastern Washington which purportedly looks something like this: But, from what we can tell, really looks more like this: (apologies for the cell phone pictures). The conference started out with a bang on Wednesday morning with a talk […]