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Biologists discover giant exotic oysters in San Francisco Bay
AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/18/06 | AP

Posted on 08/18/2006 1:32:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Biologists have discovered giant invasive oysters that could threaten efforts to restore native oyster species in San Francisco Bay.

Government staffers and volunteers removed 256 of the exotic mollusks last week after searching the mudflats between the Dumbarton Bridge and the San Leandro Marina, biologists said Thursday.

Scientists have not identified the species, which grow up to 9 inches long and in a variety of shapes. They don't know how the exotic oysters got here or how they could affect the bay if their population expands.

Biologists are concerned the monster oysters could take over the best habitat and form reefs unsuitable for local fish and invertebrates. They could also threaten the bay's native Olympia oyster, Ostrea conchaphila, which usually grow no more than 2 1/2 inches long.

"We're really concerned about these nonnative oysters out-competing the native oysters," said Abe Doherty at the California State Coastal Conservancy.

A big empty shell of an exotic oyster first turned up more than two years ago near the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge. The species wasn't found again until three weeks ago when five large live oysters were discovered in the same area.

Wildlife officials quickly organized an effort to remove the unwelcome mollusks and hope they can eliminate them before they harm the bay ecosystem.

"We have a chance," said Andrew Cohen, who directs an invasive-species program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. "We don't know if they're actively reproducing in the bay yet."


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: biologists; coastalenvironment; discover; environment; exotic; giant; invasivespecies; marinebiology; oysters; sanfrancisco

1 posted on 08/18/2006 1:32:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

What do they taste like?


2 posted on 08/18/2006 1:34:18 PM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: Little Ray

I saw an show on Food Channel about these oysters, I forget their names, but they are native to the Seattle area. They say they are pretty good to eat, but not raw.


3 posted on 08/18/2006 1:35:21 PM PDT by BigTex5
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To: Little Ray

If they taste good it shouldn't be a problem getting rid of them.


4 posted on 08/18/2006 1:35:33 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: NormsRevenge
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5 posted on 08/18/2006 1:35:37 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ecological Nanny State Ping


6 posted on 08/18/2006 1:37:02 PM PDT by xpertskir (Shave the Whales)
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To: NormsRevenge

They probably got in the Bay the same way zebra mussels got in the Great Lakes - hitched a ride in the bilge of a foreign ship.


7 posted on 08/18/2006 1:37:06 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (USAF Air Rescue "That others may live.")
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To: Little Ray
What do they taste like?

If they're any good, just making it open season on the buggers should do the trick.

8 posted on 08/18/2006 1:37:53 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: martin_fierro

9 posted on 08/18/2006 1:38:33 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: NormsRevenge

How large and what color are the pearls? :)


10 posted on 08/18/2006 1:39:09 PM PDT by madison10
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To: NormsRevenge

12 posted on 08/18/2006 1:42:50 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: martin_fierro
(me neither)


13 posted on 08/18/2006 1:45:08 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: martin_fierro

I'm gonna have nightmares now. THAT is just plain freaky. Who said those things are an aphrodisiac?


14 posted on 08/18/2006 1:47:09 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Oh, sure. *My* image gets pulled.


15 posted on 08/18/2006 1:48:31 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
looks like that would be right at home in San Francisco.
16 posted on 08/18/2006 1:48:40 PM PDT by CzarNicky (In the magical land of unicorns there's no need for clothes.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hear there's a rare species of endangered sponge worm on the bottom of the ocean. Lets send all the red/greens down to protect them!!


17 posted on 08/18/2006 1:52:40 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl! *-0(:~{>)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hold on now... Who says that they're an invasive species? Perhaps they belong there. Since they haven't been identified, authorities can't just declare them to be "exotic". This could simply be a very rare species of native oyster; in other words, an endangered species! They need to be protected so that schoolchildren of the future can enjoy looking at them!


18 posted on 08/18/2006 1:53:39 PM PDT by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: PatrickHenry

Geoduck ping.

(For the uninitiated, that's pronounced, "gooey duck." No, I don't know why.)


19 posted on 08/18/2006 1:56:46 PM PDT by Condorman (Prefer infinitely the company of those seeking the truth to those who believe they have found it.)
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To: martin_fierro

Must be your reputation. ;)


20 posted on 08/18/2006 1:57:58 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: CholeraJoe

That was my thought as well, bilge water..


21 posted on 08/18/2006 2:00:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Mmmmmmmmmm... Giant invasive oysters...


22 posted on 08/18/2006 2:00:17 PM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: NormsRevenge

What happened to the survival of the fittest? If they taste good, let Darwinism roll on.


23 posted on 08/18/2006 2:10:19 PM PDT by burroak
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To: rawcatslyentist
Lets send all the red/greens down to protect them!!

I'd like to help. Really. But there's a Possum Lodge meeting that night.

24 posted on 08/18/2006 2:17:45 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oyster stew--yum!


25 posted on 08/18/2006 2:17:58 PM PDT by American Quilter (You can't negotiate with people who are dedicated to your destruction.)
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To: Condorman
Geoduck ping. (For the uninitiated, that's pronounced, "gooey duck." No, I don't know why.)
It was a typographical error in a mid-1800s dictionary. The word reported to the dictionary was spelled "goeduck," which was one of several accepted spellings, but the "o" and the "e" were transposed, and subsequent dictionaries picked-up the error.

Additional info re 'ducks: I have heard the word was a Nisqually phrase meaning, literally, "dig deep." Also, FYI, geoduck digs are great chick magnets. Women love to see men working like hell for food in the mud, and large numbers of them will voluntarily attend a dig. Although, in my personal experience, none of them will go after the 'duck. That's strictly a man's job.
26 posted on 08/18/2006 2:27:52 PM PDT by Ironclad (O Tempora! O Mores!)
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To: CheneyChick

Refer to post #16.........Looks like an 'aphrodisiac' to me! };>)


27 posted on 08/18/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT by wolfcreek (You can spit in our tacos and you can rape our dogs but, you can't take away our freedom!)
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To: martin_fierro

ROFLMAO!


28 posted on 08/18/2006 2:28:57 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Ironclad
When you buy geoducks at the Pike Place Market, the clerk lowers the weight of the clam by removing the excess water. He does this by stroking and squeezing the siphon until it expels all its held water.

For some reason, women watching this ritual turn bright red.

29 posted on 08/18/2006 2:50:09 PM PDT by Publius
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To: martin_fierro

What did you post? A pic of a geoduck?


30 posted on 08/18/2006 2:51:25 PM PDT by BJClinton (What happens on Free Republic, stays on Google.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Oh boy, here come the "Oyster Encounter" boat trips. lol


31 posted on 08/18/2006 3:20:22 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

That's a geoduck in the pic you posted, a clam, not an oyster.


32 posted on 08/19/2006 5:00:30 AM PDT by Rudder
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To: JennysCool; glock rocks
I treasure my Red Green coffee cup...
33 posted on 08/19/2006 5:48:23 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: Rudder

I was aware of that, but thanks.

(It was posted in response to another pictue of a geoduck which was since removed.)


34 posted on 08/19/2006 7:07:24 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: NormsRevenge

it's hard to stay clam at this news


35 posted on 09/11/2006 1:59:22 AM PDT by drlevy88
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