Totally not cool.
Juvenile oysters in France are being massacred by a herpes virus.
Young French oysters have fallen prey to a killer virus because they have used up too much energy developing their sex organs, scientists believe.The BBC article goes on to say that good growing conditions (warm winter, wet spring) encouraged the oysters to develop their reproductive organs, leaving them less able to defend themselves against Oyster Herpesvirus type 1. The warm water also allowed a strain of vibrio (V. splendidus) to proliferate, further weakening the oysters. Maybe the French oyster industry will start farming sterile triploid oysters in response to the herpes outbreak??? Would triploid oysters be better able to withstand the virus?