Here's a pumpkin sized oyster for you. Happy Halloween!
It's not a tumor, it's an ingrown pearl. The 2009 ugliest pearl contest ended in a draw: But we had a clear winner in 2010:
Well, we're sorry to say that our oyster-growing region (which includes several very productive beaches in addition to our farm) has been shut down until October. Vibrio is a naturally-occurring salt water bacteria that proliferates when the Canal gets warm. If you eat an oyster raw, and if that oyster has just taken a big drink of vibrio-rich salt water, you might get sick to your stomach. To discourage people from eating oysters raw during vibrio season, we always take a few voluntary precautions: we stop selling extra smalls and Blue Pools (the sizes most likely to be served on...
Diana, Office Manager Extraordinaire, took this shot from her porch in Triton Cove, which is just a few miles north of our farm on Hwy 101. A few minutes after this picture was taken the spat had dissipated and was no longer visible. We love it when the oysters spawn, because it bodes well for Hood Canal's future oyster population, and it means the oysters will no longer be "milky." For a description of what, exactly, is going on here, please read our earlier posts on oyster reproduction.
Friend Justin discovered this delightful and very large pearl in an extra small crispy fried delicious Hama Hama oyster taco. He found the pearl with his teeth, which is not the preferred way of finding pearls. Fortunately, there were no teeth harmed in the finding of this pearl.