• July 2009

    Under the Microscope

    July 31, 2009

    Noctiluca, the dinoflagellate that caused a red algal bloom in the Canal last month, courtesy of Pete Becker. Oyster larvae, courtesy of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


    Things we ski with

    July 30, 2009

    Yesterday was the hottest day in Washington State’s recorded history, and we celebrated the 100 degree weather by water skiing. We don’t ski very often, so we had to improvise our equipment: We used the farm’s 16 foot Boston Whaler for a ski boat, and tied a broken axe handle to a rope to create […]


    French Mouse Test

    July 29, 2009

    This is both ridiculous and sad: To test whether or not oysters in France are safe to eat, officials inject three mice with oyster liquid. If two of the mice die, then the oyster producing region is shut down. This year a failed mouse test caused the closure of the Archachon Bay region, near Bordeaux, […]


    Spawn Party

    July 28, 2009

    It’s been hot and dry for weeks, the water has warmed up, and the oysters are starting to spawn.  And this is actually a really good thing, because although we do buy oyster seed, we rely on natural “sets” to maintain the farm’s oyster population and genetic diversity. As Teresa puts it, the fact that […]


    We caved

    July 27, 2009

    … and created a company facebook page. Now all we have to do is create a thousand separate Facebook profiles so that they can all become fans of Hama Hama Oysters. Or would that be cheating?


    Sea Beans

    July 24, 2009

    …aka pickleweed, glasswort, salicornia, marsh samphire, sea asparagus. Sea beans, a crunchy, salty sea vegetable, thrive in estuaries up and down the Canal.  But even though they’re ubiquitous, they’re not part of the Lilliwaup food culture. Most people around here don’t even know the plant is edible. A field of sea beans on the HH […]


    Oyster Snake

    July 20, 2009

    The flotsam and jetsam is getting sillier every day. Some oysters have absolutely no taste: yesterday we found one that had permanently attached itself to a fake snake.

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    A flock of geoduck

    July 16, 2009

    A couple of weeks ago we harvested a boatload of geoduck. They took over the retail live tank and proceeded to squirt salt water all over the store, completely trashing the place. Dorothy, Ona, and Beth came by when the geoduck were in town, and were quite impressed by the giant bivalves. The three ladies […]

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    We can’t get over this ridiculous spider crab. The barnacles aren’t actually over his eyeballs, so he can still see, but still. It’s too silly. Read more about spider crab, and see a video of one without barnacle goggles, in our earlier post.


    Woody Chiton

    July 9, 2009

    Chitons are ubiquitous on the beach. We believe the one pictured below is a woody chiton, or Mopalia lignosa. (It may also be a mossy chiton, visit this site if you care about the differences between the two.) Species in the genus Mopalia differ from other chitons in that they eat both animal and vegetable […]

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    Celebrating Hoodsport

    July 7, 2009

    Last Saturday we spent almost all day hawking seafood in downtown Hoodsport as part of the town’s annual Fourth of July festival. We sold bacon-wrapped oysters, barbecued oysters, shrimp cocktails, and steamed clams. It was social and small-town and fun. Teresa and Lynne Teresa, Ginger, Arky, and shrimp cocktails for lunch.


    It’s been a dry, hot spring and summer in Western Washington, and we here at Hama Hama are declaring the raw oyster season over until fall. The reason? When the water gets warm, a naturally-occuring saltwater bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus proliferates. If vibrio gets into an oyster, and if you eat that oyster raw, you’ll […]