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    Acidified ocean water: terrible news for oysters, clams, and hermit crabs. Not to mention the entire ocean food chain and life on earth as we know it.

    From the Seattle Times:

    Seattle researchers were stunned to discover that vast swaths of acidified sea water are already showing up along the Pacific Coast as carbon dioxide from power plants, cars and factories mixes into the ocean.

    Acidified ocean water can be fatal to some fish eggs and larvae. It also interferes with the formation of shells and skeletons, harming corals, clams, oysters, mussels and the tiny plankton that are the basis of the marine food web.

    Check out this blog for more information.

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    S.L.U.R.P.

    May 29, 2008

    The 10th annual Slurp Festival took place at the Olympia-based Fish Brewing Company on Sunday, May 18th. The event, sponsored by Fish Brewing and the Pacific Coast Shellfish Grower’s Association, was a smashing success. Hama Hama blew through 40 dozen oysters in no time, leaving us with free time to wander around the event and […]

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    Ruby Mondays (and Wednesdays)

    May 27, 2008

    Introducing Ruby, the newest member of Team Hama! This beautiful refrigerated truck arrived last month from Arizona. She has big plans to revolutionize our local oyster and clam delivery. Seattleites: keep yer eyes peeled for Ruby and her faithful companion, Louie. Own or manage a restaurant or store? Want Ruby to stop by? We deliver […]

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    Barnacles

    May 22, 2008

    Hood Canal has had a tremendous barnacle set this year. The little guys are everywhere! Barnacles attach head first to rocks, shells, pilings, boats, buoys, etc. When the tide is in, their feathery legs, called cirri, sweep through the water for phytoplankton. Although they look like mollusks, barnacles are actually crustaceans, like shrimp and crab. […]

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    UPS to the Rescue

    May 20, 2008

    Attention residents of Puget Sound and Portland! We’re very pleased to announce that overnight shipping is now available through UPS Ground. Yay cheaper shipping! Yay oysters! Visit our online store to learn more.

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    Emeril and Martha cooking with Hama Hama

    May 19, 2008

    On Thursday, May 1st, the Martha Stewart Show featured guest chef Emeril Lagasse, who cooked up a fried oyster salad using Hama Hama oysters. Watch the show, get the recipe. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the show: “We’re actually not using oysters from Louisiana today, we’re using oysters from the Pacific, from […]

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    Drill Snails

    May 16, 2008

    Mystery solved! And it wasn’t actually that great a mystery. The egg cases below were laid by a drill snail, a voracious oyster predator. The beautiful orange drill snail in the middle of the photo is native to the Pacific Northwest… the two drab-looking snails on either side of it are non-native Japanese drill snails. […]

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    Polite ways to describe a geoduck:

    May 14, 2008

    Appearance: 1. “Like the leathery snout of an aardvark” 2. an “eye-catching,” “monster . . . thing, of incredible longevity, with a certain . . . charisma.” 3. a “homely” “behemoth of the beach” Texture of neck when live: 4. “much like the skin of your elbow when your arm is straightened” Taste: 5. Like […]

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    Sand Dollars Revisited

    May 12, 2008

    Pictured here is the Eccentric Sand Dollar, Dendraster excentricus, also known as the Pacific or West Coast sand dollar. The name ‘eccentric’ sounds intriguing…and makes you want to hang out with the scientist who came up with it…until you learn that it just refers to the fact that these little guys have an ‘off-center’ pattern. […]

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    Introduction to the Moon Snail, part deux

    May 9, 2008

    These are moon snail egg cases, not pieces of rubber that someone littered. Moon snails use sand and mucus to make the pliable cases. The eggs hang out in the case for a couple of months, then break free and become free-swimming larvae for a while before they settle down and become fully-realized moon snails. […]

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    Hama Hama all dressed up

    May 7, 2008

    The image below is from TASTE WITH THE EYES, a beautiful and delicious food blog. It’s a panko-encrusted Hama Hama oyster topped with cilantro, sliced serrano chiles, cabbage, and ají amarillo crema, and then wrapped in a homemade tortilla. Stop by the site for a description of how to make it and lots of other […]

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    Least Deadliest Catch

    May 6, 2008

    Normally Hood Canal is a quiet sort of place–its mirrored surface unbroken by wake of kayak, canoe, or motor boat. But each year, on the first two Saturdays in May, boaters come from near and far to test their wits and wiles against those of one of the Canal’s most elusive but delicious inhabitants: the […]

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    He Crab, She Crab

    May 5, 2008

    These two crab were just, um, minding their own business when they were rudely flipped over and inspected. The crab at the bottom of this photo is male, the crab at top is female. Notice the difference in the shapes of their abdomens? Male crab have a longer, thinner abdomen; female crab have a shorter, […]

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    chocolate chip cookies

    May 1, 2008

    Two winters ago, on a cold November day when it was raining sideways and REALLY slow in the retail store, we started thinking about delicious fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. And so we started making them (from scratch!) to sell in the store. We make them with 1/2 wheat flour, 1/2 white flour, real butter, […]

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