• December 2009

    The other day a customer called from Tacoma and asked if we were the little seafood shack along highway 101. She was disappointed to learn that we’d moved into a newer, bigger building. And a year ago we were worried about the move, too. What if we lost all our charm??? But as soon as […]


    Crab Paws

    December 17, 2009

    A shore crab was tumbling along the aquarium wall the other day and we noticed that he had funny little hairy patches on the inside of his claws. Then we started paying attention, and we discovered that many of the shore crab in our tank have the same fuzzy claw patches. We did some sleuthing, […]


    Over the weekend we took advantage of the bitter cold to play some late night pond hockey. It was a cold, moonless night and the ice was so smooth and glassy it reflected the stars. The pond in daylight, on our puck retrieval outing.


    HH IceBreaker

    December 10, 2009

    It has been really, really cold here for the past week, and the Canal is full of floating ice bergs. Above, Nathan and Miguel are cutting their way through the ice to reach the oyster tubs. When the tide goes out it leaves solid sheets of ice on the intertidal beaches. Louie recalls that in […]


    King of the Cockle

    December 8, 2009


    Eels can swim, too!

    December 7, 2009

    So far, the gunnels are our favorite aquarium pet. Everything else is just plain mean. Cutie pie. They’re pretty shy (or, more likely: nocturnal), and normally stay hidden under rocks and shells, but this morning there was an impromptu gunnel play period that lasted a good 20 minutes. Depending on how you look at them, […]


    We’ve been keeping them to ourselves for too long. You can also buy them in person, of course.


    Tales from the Fish Tank

    December 1, 2009

    We’ve stocked a small saltwater aquarium with creatures inadvertently brought up in the oyster tubs, and in the 24 hours we’ve had the tank up and running we’ve learned a lot about sea life. Like, bullheads may look puny, but they’re actually a vicious cross between a shark and a python. We fed a bullhead […]