• January 2009


    January 29, 2009

    Watery gastropods like moon snails can withdraw completely into their shell and slam the door shut on the outside world. They do this to prevent dessication and avoid predators. The door is called an operculum, Latin for “little lid.” Moon snail operculum, close-up. What the heck is a moonsnail? Read our first moonsnail post here.

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    Check out these colorful oyster shacks of Ile d’Oléron, France, courtesy of Walt. Meanwhile, last summer residents of Wellfleet, MA decided to preserve Cape Cod’s last historic oyster shack “as tribute to oystering.” Unfortunately the news article didn’t provide a picture of the shack in question.


    Fish Work Photography

    January 26, 2009

    Corey Arnold’s “Fish Work” photos are awesome. Fish work seems to be a little more hard-core than oyster work. The Bering Sea: The Hood Canal: See more of Corey’s photographs: www.coreyfishes.com


    Union Oyster Shack

    January 22, 2009

    As we watch our shiny-new shucking and retail facility grow bigger and better every day, we thought we’d take a moment to honor the small, funky, and frequently dilapidated oyster shacks that line Hood Canal’s beaches. The first building featured in this series is the Union oyster shack, located at the mouth of the Skokomish […]


    Interesting fact: sea cucumber guts resemble angel hair spaghetti. Sea cucumbers expel their intestines through their anus when stressed (please read our earlier post about the process here). We haven’t harvested any cucumbers from our beach in decades, but gave in to culinary curiosity one day last spring. One self-eviscerated sea cucumber and one clammed-up […]


    …is headed back to Mongolia for a  full year! Tom will be conducting forestry research on a Fulbright grant, navigating his way past treacherous bogs in the permafrost, and cultivating his taste for fermented mare’s milk. Here are some pictures from his last go-round: If anyone happens to find themselves in Ulaanbaatar, say hi to […]

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    …with a ceiling, rafters, and stairs!


    Oyster yin, Oyster yang

    January 12, 2009


    Apres Snow, Le Deluge

    January 9, 2009

    A monster south wind picked up last Tuesday afternoon, and we thought we were in trouble. It rained and rained and melted (almost) all the snow and reminded us all of the terrible storm of December, 2007.  But fortunately this storm didn’t do much damage to the Hood Canal area. Other places in Washington weren’t […]

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    January 7, 2009

    Many moons ago, when this oyster was a wee little speck of zooplankton, it found a nice comfy home inside this moon snail shell. http://hamahamaoysters.com/oystersnail/



    January 6, 2009

    Oysters go through a larval stage, swimming around in the water for about 2 weeks, and then they settle down, develop shells, and remain stationary for the rest of their lives. Oyster larvae can set on just about anything: wood, rocks, other oysters, and metal. This particular oyster made his home in an old butter […]

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    Elk Tracks in the Snow

    January 5, 2009

    An elk herd makes its living in the Hama Hama valley, and when the elk graze in the salt meadows near the highway they cause quite a traffic ruckus. But they’ve never before been seen around the seafood complex. Eagle-eyed Jesse noticed these elk tracks in the parking lot the other morning. We promise that […]


    Dudes Love Oysters

    January 2, 2009

    From a Dudes on Food review of Seattle-based Elliot’s Oyster House: My favorites were the Kushi (tiny and sweet), hama hama (medium sized and great flavor), totten virginica (ridiculously large, but huge flavor kicks in after a couple of seconds), and my favorite – the Humboldt Bay Kumamotos (crispy, insanely creamy, and great flavor). What […]