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Pacific Oyster

Crassostrea gigas

Description:

Large oyster with many thin sheet-like layers and some purple splotches. There was one live one, laying loose on the ground, and I found two empty ones nearby.

Habitat:

I saw it at low tide just past a section of beach with lots of mussels and small rocks.

Notes:

I have never seen an oyster in Kodiak before, and after doing some online research I learned that these are likely escaped from an oyster farm and are roughly 3-5 years old. I also learned that they can't reproduce here, or only very rarely because they need warmer water temperatures to spawn. The only curious part about all this to me is that I have not heard of any oyster farming happening around town, except for one in Larsen bay which is the complete opposite side of the island. A long way to travel! I wonder if some animals transported the "seeds" here.

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1 Comment

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

Having an overactive imagination, I can just see a group of oysters pulling a prison break and "escaping" 🙂 Great notes as ways Machi. Thanks.

Machi
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Machi

Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Spotted on Feb 16, 2020
Submitted on Feb 28, 2020

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