• Tideflat Critters

    Predator Sleuthing

    July 23, 2013

    What killed the oyster? If you find an intact empty shell on the beach, chances are pretty good a starfish ate it. (It also might have died of disease or other natural causes, but that’s a whole different story). Starfish use their hydraulic tube feet to pull the oyster apart, then they evert their stomach […]

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    Open Farm 2013 Wrap Up

    May 31, 2013

    Thank you to everyone who turned out and made the last open farm day of 2013 a shucking good time! We really ‘got into the fat oysters’ on Saturday as an otherwise rainy Memorial Day weekend held back the tempest until the very end of the day for the folks who came out for a […]

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    Last week Teri King from Washington Sea Grant came by to school us on sea creatures. We’re getting geared up for our oyster rama and open farms, and wanted to re-familiarize ourselves with all the creepy crawlies. Our beach walk with Teri turned into an intertidal show-and-tell featuring colorful eggs, goopifying sea cucumbers, translucent clams, […]

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    Deep, deep down, the Canal is a creepy place. Check out these tentacles! This octopus carcass washed up in our tumble farm a week ago… it was only half intact and had been chewed on by crabs and other critters. Giant Pacific Octopi usually live about 60 feet deep, so we never see them on […]

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    Tideflat Colors

    March 7, 2012

    Looking closely:

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    news and whatnot

    January 9, 2012

    1. Oyster Stout 2012 is brewing! 2. Adam gains a pretty impressive title. No, we did not write this ourselves. Hopefully this world is big enough for two oyster kings. 3. More about the above: Seattle’s Bastille Restaurant (in Ballard) is featuring Hama Hamas in their new Monday- Wednesday oyster happy hour. The newly-crowned Oyster […]

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    Periwinkled hermit crabs

    August 8, 2011

    The other day we ran across a cast of hermit crabs living in periwinkle shells. (According to this page, “cast” is the correct term for a gathering of crabs. Now we know.) This appeared to be a pretty big cast, located relatively high on the beach, in sloughs, underneath oyster shells. It seemed pretty exclusive, […]

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    For the past couple of weeks or so we’ve noticed a ton of these little bugs cruising around the retail live tanks. They’re new to us in the retail store, but not new to Puget Sound, so either we’re extraordinarily unobservant and have just overlooked them for the past few decades, or there really are […]

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    So, is it an animal?

    May 11, 2011

    We’re two days into our 5 day recreational shrimp season in Hood Canal, and both shrimp openings (last Saturday and today) have been extremely windy. Naturally, the intervening days have been peaceful and calm. Saturday was so rough it scared one of the gray beards off the water before he even dropped his pots. Today, […]

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    Moon snail, by Mike Nudibranch, by Alex.

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    7 leg star

    May 4, 2011

    This guy has a leg up on all the other sea stars

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    big fat red anemone

    February 17, 2011

    The other day Louis was working on the barge and noticed that three huge red anemones had moved into the barge slip. He swears they weren’t there the day before… but just how the three legless creatures moved in overnight remains unclear. We put one in our tank. It looks like a persimmon, and our […]

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    Shore crab understandably have a heck of a time climbing up the glass walls of the aquarium. At most, a clever crab wedged into the corner of the tank can gain a couple of inches of altitude before drifting down to bottom. But this guy went sky-high while hitching a ride on a drill snail…. was he on […]

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    Winter Tideflats

    February 4, 2011

    Here are some photos from a nighttime beach walk we took a couple of weeks ago. Ever wonder what diving ducks do underwater? In the photo below you can see a duck excavation, created by foraging a surf scoter, white wing, or other clam-eating duck. In the winter the tideflats are covered with these pits, and the hungry […]

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    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0n91xzNY04 An air bubble formed in the livetank and entertained us for a good twenty minutes. Where did it come from? How was it held down for so long? Our best guess is that it was caught in an oyster membrane. Needless to say, this occurred on an otherwise very uneventful day. And our best guess […]

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