• February 2009

    Oyster Table Manners

    February 26, 2009

    The other day a customer in the retail store informed us that we needed to restock our display tanks because all the oysters in it were dead. But the oysters weren’t dead, they were just eating. All the oysters had opened slightly (as in the photo above) in order to filter plankton out of the […]


    Hama Hama Oysters Break Fast

    February 24, 2009

    How’s this for food photography: For the past couple of months Adam has been collecting saltwater and giving the samples to Pete Becker of Little Skookum Shellfish. Pete examines the water under a microscope and looks for shellfish food. Now, last week the weather looked like this: And so it was calm enough for barge […]


    First, you need to know a little bit about oyster anatomy. Oysters have a top, flat side and a bottom, cupped side. An oyster has a narrow, hinged end and a wide, fluted end. In the photo below, the knife is stuck into the hinged end. This is pretty obvious. The hinged end is the […]


    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 13, 2009

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    Jorsted Creek Oyster Shack

    February 11, 2009

    A few decades ago this was a happening oyster-shucking shack. It’s been sitting idle for a while now, although oysters are still harvested off the beach in front of it.


    He’s watching.


    Octopus Video!

    February 5, 2009

    There are two parts to the video… first the octopus swims, and then he changes color. We’re not sure, but we think this is a little red octopus. And that’s not meant to be sarcastic. There are two species of octopus common in Puget Sound, the North Pacific Giant Octopus and the East Pacific Red […]


    included a gorgeous sunrise: lots of digging in search of a missing water line: and an octopus hunt! Adam pulled an octopus up with the oyster tubs this morning, and brought him up to the livetanks for a photo shoot. He put the octopus in a bushel basket, and the octopus escaped almost immediately. Here’s […]