• Sea Star With Carcass

    January 29, 2010

    Not quite as scary as the cougar, unless you happen to be an oyster.




    Cougar Nights

    January 28, 2010

    The other morning two of the graybeards were driving to work in the woods above the oyster farm when they noticed a dead deer lying in the ditch beside the road. The deer’s body was still warm, and it had two deep puncture wounds in either side of its neck that were bleeding profusely. And since vampires don’t actually live on the Olympic Peninsula, their best guess was that it was a cougar kill.

    So they called Jim, who set a motion-activated camera up on the deer carcass. Here are some of his photos:


    Cougar with carcass, 5:11 pm. The best argument against a nighttime jog we’ve ever heard.


    We don’t know a whole lot about cougars, but doesn’t this one look a little skinny? 5:15 pm.


    Where’s Waldo? Hopefully not in the photo with this wily cougar. 7:49 pm.


    Curious cat, 1:18 AM the next morning.


    Jim’s approach prompted the camera to take this photo of the scene in daylight the morning of the 24th.


    About 11 pm on the 25th. The cougar had dragged the carcass to a new location.


    When the cat’s away, the coyotes come out to play.


    Things We Carry, updated.

    January 22, 2010

    We’re really excited about some new products we have for sale in the store. Number 1 most exciting is locally raised grass-fed ground beef from Short’s Family Farm, in Chimacum. The beef comes in 1 pound packages and we sell it for $4.99 a pound. It will be available online soon(ish). We’ve also got  fresh […]

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    Can’t Work When the Tide Doesn’t!

    January 21, 2010

    A low pressure system has created extra high high tides and disarmingly high low tides for the past couple of days. Basically, the water hasn’t gone out as far as expected… which makes work on the beach either wet and hurried or downright impossible.

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    This story does not end well.

    January 19, 2010

    Yesterday while filming the shuckers we discovered a gunnel hiding in the oyster pile. The little fish was making the most of his situation, and had his mouth stuffed with oyster meat: We decided to put the plucky gunnel into the aquarium. The aquarium is quite a bit warmer than the canal this time of […]

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    Inside the (new) Shucking Plant

    January 18, 2010

    Juan, John, Roberto and Pina shuck oysters, with Miguelito on forklift. The shucking room is refrigerated, hence the hats, jackets, and the bit about short sleeves.

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    January 8, 2010

    Another mystery from the deep. This one came in on a tub that had been soaking for several weeks at a negative tide level. It was purple and wide eyed, and it could suction itself to the bottom of a bucket like it wanted to stay there. We took pictures of its head. It had horns: […]

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    How much brainpower does it take to harvest shellfish?

    January 7, 2010

    If you haven’t already read Rowan Jacobsen’s newest book “The Living Shore,” we highly recommend that you do. An article that appeared online a couple of weeks ago picks up an idea Rowan discusses in his book, which is that oysters played a pivotal role in human evolution.  Rowan put forth the “big brain” theory, […]

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    Winter Sunrise

    January 5, 2010
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    Let them eat shrimp.

    January 4, 2010

    We started out feeding the aquarium monsters cooked bay shrimp, then we discovered that they go absolutely nutso over raw oysters. So now we feed them oysters every couple of days or so. But the other day as a very special treat we fed them some live shrimp. Actually we didn’t mean to feed the […]

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